Almost in parallel with the statutory deadline for the introduction of the Euro VI emissions standard at the start of 2014, today Mercedes-Benz is already handing over its 1000th Citaro model featuring Euro VI exhaust gas technology to a customer.

V.l.n.r.: Ulrich Piotrowski, Verkaufsleiter Mercedes-Benz Omnibusse Region West und Ralf Steinmetz, Geschäftsführer des Darmstädter Verkehrsunter-nehmens HEAG mobiBus

Ralf Steinmetz, Director of transport company HEAG mobiBus in Darmstadt, took delivery of the urban bus from Ulrich Piotrowski, Head of Sales of the Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach unit, Region West, at the New Bus & Coach Vehicle Center (ONC) in Mannheim.

The white milestone vehicle is driven by the OM 936 BlueEfficiency engine with an output of 220 kW. Power transfer, meanwhile, is handled by the ZF Ecolife AP 6-speed automatic transmission.

Daimler Buses introduced the first series production urban buses featuring Euro VI technology to our roads as early as 2012. “Thanks to the early introduction of Euro VI – long before the competition – Daimler Buses has been able to extend its market position and win a series of large orders throughout Europe. Such vehicles therefore enable transport operators to implement environmentally friendly regular services in a cost-effective manner and across broad areas”, explains Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses.

Daimler has countered the disadvantages originally expected with Euro VI in terms of fuel consumption by implementing new vehicle and drive system developments. The fuel-consumption advantage of the Euro VI urban bus over its Euro V predecessor was revealed to be 8.5 percent in a spectacular efficiency test conducted in the autumn of 2012 under the impartial supervision of Dekra. Making a contribution to this figure, in addition to the new vehicle concept, are the BlueEfficiency Power engines. Furthermore, there is also the unique recuperation module, which recovers energy in a manner similar to the braking system in hybrid buses. Thanks to the BlueTec Euro VI technology, in addition to the reduction in CO2 in line with the lower fuel consumption these buses also boast significantly reduced levels of harmful substances such as particulates and nitrogen oxides.

Source: Mercedes-Benz Buses