The Fully-Electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro Will Soon Be on the Road in Poland
Daimler Buses has received its first order for fully electric city buses in Poland. The planned order is made up of eight articulated buses and 16 solo buses. They are expected to be delivered this year. The locally emission-free urban buses will be operated in the port city of Gdynia in the Gulf of Gdańsk by the Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacji Autobusowej Sp. z o.o. (PKA Gdynia) transport company.
“We're particularly pleased about the first order from Poland for the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro as Poland is one of our key markets in Eastern Europe.”
The fully electric city buses from Mercedes-Benz are characterized by the latest-generation lithium-ion batteries. They can be rapidly recharged either using a plug connection or a pantograph with a charging output of up to 300 kW. Besides the standard plug-in connection which is available, the eCitaro can also be charged using an additional plug-in connection at the rear of the vehicle. What’s more, the buses also feature a pre-conditioning system. With this, the battery and passenger compartment are brought up to the appropriate temperature to ensure that the vehicle is already at the right temperature before it leaves the depot. The greatest possible efficiency is thus guaranteed and the energy consumption optimized.
“In the past year, we were the market leader in Poland for conventionally-powered urban buses. Now we're really pleased to be in position to deliver an order of 24 locally emission-free vehicles with an electric drive and that we're making a contribution to sustainable public transport in Poland.”
The city buses are still equipped with the latest driver assistance systems in order to increase safety for driver and passengers alike. Among the most striking of these systems is the automatic braking assistant Preventive Brake Assist and the turning aid Sideguard Assist. The connection of the buses to the Omniplus ON fleet management system ensures that the vehicle condition is continually monitored whilst also showing any recommendations for required servicing work. This helps ensure that the fleet remains operational.
Gdynia is a port city in Poland’s Gulf of Gdańsk. In the Pomeranian Voivodeship, it forms the Tri-City metropolitan area together with biggest city Gdańsk and the smaller town Sopot. Today, Gdynia has around 250,000 inhabitants and is thus the twelfth biggest city in Poland.
The transport network in Gdynia includes both buses and trolleybuses. The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro buses for Gdynia will be the first electric buses in the entire Tri-City metropolitan region.
Presented in 2018, the fully electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro is a locally emission-free and quiet city bus which is making a massive step in the direction of improving the quality of life in cities and metropolitan areas. Mercedes-Benz recently added a new member to the Citaro family in the form of the eCitaro G articulated bus. Mercedes-Benz supplies tailor-made city buses: the eCitaro is based on an extremely flexible modular concept for solo and articulated buses, as well as various battery and charging technologies.
This article was originally published by Daimler AG.
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