The new fully electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro city bus has been crowned City Bus of the Year 2019 in Spain.
The jury was made up of 46 representatives from transport companies and associations, with the vote run by the Editec publishing house.
After being presented to the world for the first time during the IAA for commercial vehicles in autumn, series production of the vehicle has since started and the first buses have been brought into operation on regular-service bus routes.
he powertrain of the new eCitaro is based on the portal axle ZF AVE 130 with electric motors at the wheel hubs. The peak output of the motors is 2 x 125 kW, while torque is 2 x 485 Nm. This is fully available right from the start, ensuring appropriate dynamic performance even with a full complement of passengers.
Lithium-ion batteries with a total capacity of up to about 243 kWh provide the power. They are modular in design: the batteries are split between up to ten modules, each supplying around 25 kWh. As well as two battery modules on the vehicle roof, the standard equipment includes four modules in the rear of the bus.
Depending upon customer requirements, another two or four battery modules are mounted on the roof of the eCitaro.