In September the eCitaro celebrated its prominent world premiere at the IAA and now its already bringing a breath of fresh air to Hamburg: today, Mercedes‑Benz delivered the first series production model of an urban bus with a fully-electric drive system to the public transport company Hochbahn AG in Hamburg. It is part of an order for 20 eCitaro buses.
Till Oberwörder: “The Mercedes‑Benz eCitaro is advancing electromobility”
Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses, handed over the first Mercedes-Benz eCitaro to Henrik Falk the Chairman of the Board at Hamburger Hochbahn AG in the presence of Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg.
Till Oberwörder: “Hamburger Hochbahn AG is one of the recognised pioneers for alternative drive systems in local public transport. In producing the new eCitaro, we have developed a well-thought-out and sophisticated urban bus concept which will make a decisive contribution towards promoting electromobility in towns and cities. We are delighted to be able to deliver the very first series production vehicle today.”
The largest single order for electric buses from a German transport provider
The eCitaro for Hamburger Hochbahn AG is the first of a large order for 20 eCitaro buses – the biggest ever single order for buses driven by a fully-electric drive system from a German transport provider. Prior to this the Hamburger Hochbahn AG looked at several different concepts for urban buses with electric drive systems over a number of years. Starting in 2020 Hamburger Hochbahn AG intends to purchase nothing but emission-free buses. It operates around 1000 buses on 111 lines.
Comprehensive partnership between Hamburg and Daimler AG
In 2017, the city of Hamburg and Daimler AG agreed on a comprehensive partnership for urban mobility. Jörg Lamparter, Head of Daimler Mobility Services: “Our partnership with Hamburg aims to expand electromobility across the board and promote innovative mobility solutions. For example, we will gradually electrify the car2go fleet and intensify cooperation within the framework of mobility as a service platform moovel.” Hamburg’s then First Mayor Olaf Scholz and Klaus Entenmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Financial Services, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement cooperation in different fields by 2020.