Vienna transit operator orders 60 Mercedes-Benz e-Citaro electrical buses


The Wiener Linien transport firm in Vienna, Austria has ordered 60 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro autos. The low-floor buses with zero native emissions will likely be delivered from subsequent yr till 2025.

By the top of 2025, Wiener Linien will convert 9 of its greater than 100 routes to operation with the all-electric eCitaro. The roughly twelve-meter lengthy solo autos are geared up with the most recent technology of lithium-ion batteries (NMC 3). The battery capability of 392 kWh every ensures a protracted working vary. Pantographs additionally allow fast charging at as much as 300 kW and on this method improve the vary and working occasions.


In depth assessments have been performed earlier than the order was positioned. For instance, as early as June 2021, passengers have been ready to make use of the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G articulated bus freed from cost for 2 weeks throughout observe runs on three routes.

New e-competence middle. Altering to environmentally pleasant propulsion applied sciences additionally requires the event of infrastructure tailored to technical and operational necessities. The Wiener Linien will construct a brand new e-competence middle in its former bus parking zone at Siebenhirten within the south of the Austrian capital by the top of 2023. This shall accommodate round 50 e-buses.

The buses will likely be charged, maintained and repaired there. A photovoltaic system on the roof will provide electrical energy and the waste warmth from the chargers will likely be used to warmth the workshop constructing.

The bus workshop in Vienna’s Spetterbrücke can even be geared up with charging infrastructure, and three fast charging stations will likely be constructed alongside the routes. Current substations for the streetcar and subway networks can even be used to provide the charging stations with vitality. Wiener Linien obtains 100% of its electrical energy from renewable vitality sources.

Wiener Linien is a subsidiary of Wiener Stadtwerke GmbH. It builds and operates the subway, bus, and streetcar networks within the Austrian capital and ensures that nearly two million passengers attain their locations rapidly, safely and comfortably every single day. The 127 bus routes with a mixed route size of round 850 kilometers and 4230 stops account for a big proportion of this.

Wiener Linien just lately accomplished the renewal of the bus fleet comprising round 400 autos on the finish of 2019. In consequence, Wiener Linien was capable of scale back the vitality consumption of its bus fleet by a very good third between 2014 and 2020, although the vary of service was expanded by six p.c throughout this time.

The spine of the fleet is shaped by the low-emission Mercedes-Benz Citaro and the large-capacity CapaCity bus derived from it in accordance with the Euro VI emission customary. Amongst them was the 50,000th Citaro bus constructed as an anniversary bus.


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