Daimler Buses establishes a new, wholly owned subsidiary: Daimler Buses Solutions GmbH specializes in the design and construction of e-infrastructure. Electrified buses can only develop their full performance capability when they are embedded in a well-planned and coordinated overall system. For this purpose, the existing know-how is bundled in the subsidiary. Thanks to its entrepreneurial freedom, its independence enables rapid growth and short decision-making paths, just like a startup. Dietrich Müller (51), previously Head of E-Systems at Daimler Buses, will take over as Managing Director of Daimler Buses Solutions GmbH. Till Oberwörder, CEO Daimler Buses, Mirko Sgodda, Head of Marketing, Sales and Customer Services Daimler Buses and Dietrich Müller made the announcement at the UITP Global Public Transportation Summit in Barcelona. The company will operate for customers throughout Europe and, together with partners, will supply the complete e-infrastructure from a single source. Another special feature: if requested by customers, the construction or conversion of electrified depots will also be carried out across brands.
Turnkey electric mobility from a single source
Transportation companies need a holistic view of e-mobility. This is the only way to ensure smooth operation of electrically powered buses. Daimler Buses, in cooperation with the experts at Daimler Buses Solutions GmbH, can supply the entire e-system from a single source on request: from individually configured electric buses to the complete e-infrastructure for the depot, including construction measures, electrical installations, chargers, battery storage, charging management system, and other digital services. In addition, the portfolio will be expanded in the next step to include services related to the necessary infrastructure for operating buses with hydrogen-based fuel cell drives or range extenders.
Experienced consultants work with the transport companies to determine where electrification should begin and where it is urgently needed. Using a specially developed simulation program, the experts create feasibility studies based on customer-specific data, use them to determine individual operating and charging concepts, and implement them on site. Dietrich Müller, Managing Director of Daimler Buses Solutions GmbH: “We have to continuously develop our existing range of e-infrastructure services and scale them in line with demand. In this way, we can continue to offer our customers innovative solutions for their individual needs in the future. We have created the optimal conditions for this with Daimler Buses Solutions GmbH.” Dietrich Müller studied industrial engineering and has been with Daimler Truck since 2000. After holding various positions in product and marketing management at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, he became CEO of Daimler FleetBoard GmbH in 2014. He subsequently assumed responsibility for connectivity concepts in the bus division in 2017 as head of a global digitalization initiative. From 2019 until the end of 2021, Dietrich Müller was CEO of Mercedes-Benz Minibus GmbH. He has been Head of E-Systems at Daimler Buses since August 2022.
E-roadmap of Daimler Buses
The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro city bus, which is powered purely by battery electricity, has already been in series production since 2018. From 2023, the vehicle will also be offered with a hydrogen-based fuel cell as a range extender. Daimler Buses aims to offer locally CO2-neutral models based on batteries or hydrogen in every segment by 2030. The initial focus will be on the core markets of Europe and Latin America. By 2039, only locally CO2-neutral new vehicles are to be sold in the core market of Europe. In the city bus segment, this should already be the case in Europe from 2030.
On to the other segments: Daimler Buses plans to launch the first fully electric intercity bus from the second half of the decade and coaches with hydrogen-based fuel cell drive by the end of this decade. In addition, as part of the “ELCH” (Electrified Coach) project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK), Daimler Buses is working with partners from science and practice on battery-electric coaches that are to be launched on the market by the end of the decade. www.daimlertruck.com