Daimler Buses wins tender: In Europe, only zero-emission vehicles are to be used from 2030 – in the Netherlands, however, this is already to apply from 2025. The kingdom will thus become a pioneer in the energy transition. Daimler Buses will deliver at least 95 battery-electric solo and articulated Mercedes-Benz eCitaro and eCitaro G city buses to the city of The Hague by 2024, together with the e-infrastructure required for their operation. The Hague is not only the third-largest city in the Netherlands, but it is also the seat of parliament and government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and capital of the province of South Holland.
The Mercedes-Benz low-floor electric buses, which are 12 and 18 meters long and feature state-of-the-art NMC 3 battery technology, will be delivered to the transport company HTM, which operates streetcars, light rail vehicles and buses in the region of The Hague. With the new eCitaro, HTM is replacing its existing bus fleet powered by CNG natural gas and is the first public transport operator in the Netherlands to convert its entire fleet to locally emission-free and CO2-neutral electric buses. With the transition to electrification, HTM underlines its green commitment to public transport in the region of The Hague.
However, the all-electric buses can only develop their full performance capability when they are embedded in an overall system that is well planned and coordinated from start to finish. In addition to supplying the fully electric eCitaro vehicles, Daimler Buses is therefore also taking on the planning and installation of the complete e-infrastructure, including charging infrastructure and charging management. The complete e-package solution for HTM also includes the necessary civil engineering measures for the HTM depot in The Hague.
The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro and eCitaro G electric buses feature the latest generation of NMC 3 batteries with lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt-oxide cells. HTM charges the Mercedes-Benz low-floor electric buses via pantographs. All eCitaro buses for use in the HTM fleet are equipped with numerous safety assistance systems. These include, for example, Sideguard Assist, the turn-off assistant with person detection, and Preventive Brake Assist, the active brake assistant for city buses. This creates a safe environment for both passengers and other road users.
Inside, passengers are greeted by a friendly ambience with a wood-look floor and luxuriously upholstered seats in HTM design. Special wheelchair spaces have been installed on board the buses for passengers with limited mobility or passengers with baby carriages. A pleasant feel-good climate in the eCitaro is ensured by the state-of-the-art automatic climate control system. The special feature is that the driver can regulate the temperature at his workstation separately from the temperature in the passenger compartment via his own climate control system. www.daimlertruck.com