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Mercedes-Benz at the UITP Congress in 2013: Clean, economical and buses, successful BRT concepts

by Deppe | 27.Mai 2013

The stand at the UITP Congress in from 26 – 29 May will be dominated by the the world’s best-selling regular-service bus model.

The Citaro takes to the at the World Congress for transport as the first regular-service bus to offer a range of Euro VI-compliant While the Citaro demonstrates the progress made in diesel development, a Citaro FuelCELL on the open-air part of the site to demonstrate the pioneering role of in the development of alternative drive Daimler AG, however, takes a view of inner-city transport as evidenced at the UITP Congress not by a smart electric bike but by a locally emission-free smart electric drive. Amongst things, this provides a for networking public with means of transport in the form of systems such as car2go.

broad range of Euro urban buses

Tradition has it the inventor of the bus should also be the when it comes to buses clean exhaust systems, and was able to supply the first Citaro models with VI-compliant powertrains as early as year. Right from the the range included the Citaro as a rigid bus with two or three and the 18.1-metre articulated Citaro G three or four doors, with the corresponding rural-service These are the cornerstones of the comprehensive portfolio. They were later last year by the K, a two- or three-door model at a compact 10.6 metres in In the spring of 2013 the Citaro LE Entry’ model in both and rural-service versions, 12 metres and 13 long, joined the line-up, with the right-hand-drive versions of the K and the 12.1-metres rigid bus. By the of this year, the Citaro meeting the Euro VI emissions will comprise 18 different variants.

Mercedes-Benz is thus the bus manufacturer to have systematically its full fleet to Euro VI. The availability of Euro VI is not only for the environment: by the end of 2013 well 1700 vehicles from Buses, 1100 of which are VI-compliant Mercedes-Benz buses, have taken to the roads. 900 of are regular-service buses from the Euro VI model series. Euro VI-compliant Citaro also bear the “Blue environmental label that is to low-noise and low-emission vehicles.

Innovative technology: Euro VI, braking, weight optimisation

The newly launched two years was systematically developed with the VI emissions standard in mind. A ago Mercedes-Benz then became the manufacturer to introduce Euro VI and, in order to accommodate undertook a redesign of the tail end of the It is thanks to this holistic that, despite the additional required to deliver Euro VI, the consumes less fuel before and doesn’t weigh a single gram more.

The redesigned BlueEfficiency Power are derived from six-cylinder units with a displacement of 7.7 or 10.7 litres and deliver that ranges from 220 kW hp) to 290 kW (394 hp). Factors to all include their durability, low of fuel, AdBlue and engine as well as long maintenance They offer impressively torque even at very low speeds, which means the shift points of the automatic remain extremely low and that the drive ratios could be without compromising performance in any At the same time the engines run quietly and harmoniously.

The new Citaro VI also saves fuel, to its innovative recuperation module: electricity generated during the phase is stored in double-layer (Supercaps) and used during This process reduces the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by than three percent, on the specific operating conditions.

and alternator management systems help to save fuel, at the same time extending the life of the components. Lowering the height at entrances two and three the use of compressed air for the ‘kneeling’ function, so around 0.4 to 0.5 percent fuel. efficiency is enhanced further by the new and electronically controlled two-stage air

Depending on seating arrangement and specification, the new Citaro Euro VI as a bus offers space for up to 105 passengers. is made possible by its low weight, despite the extra components to achieve the new emissions standard. The new engines also play part, as do the adapted rear section, the reduced thickness of the arch walls, the new roof out of glass-fibre-reinforced plastic (GFRP) and the flap in aluminium. An optimised frame, an aluminium engine the aluminium housing for the fan or the smaller for fuel and AdBlue as a consequence of the consumption – in developing the Citaro VI, the engineers have examined every element of the vehicle.

At the same time, corrosion has been improved still as have the fire protection Everyday practicality was very a key focus of development work. LED save fuel and have a service life; a service to the left of the rear window easy access to the major in the engine tower. The radiator and the air for the engine are located well the areas where dirt is to accumulate.

Record Run Buses Euro VI pays its way, 8.5 percent more fuel

The Citaro Euro VI demonstrated its fuel efficiency in a direct with its predecessor, a model known for its frugality. In the Record Run 2012 held in Wiesbaden, the of the German state of Hesse, it a fuel consumption figure of 38.7 l/100 km, coming out ahead of the Citaro Euro V by a margin of 3.6 l/100 km or 8.5 percent. In the buses, monitored by the independent expert organisation Dekra and a realistic 50 percent payload, some 1400 km over days on a demanding regular-service route. The Citaro operated the clock and pulled in at every bus along the way. In order to be to compare the buses properly, the opted to equip the buses exactly the same transmission, ratio and tyres.

And the outcome of the Run Buses 2012: assuming an mileage of 60,000 km, the new Euro Citaro rigid bus delivers savings of more than litres compared with the Euro V model. At the same the CO2 emissions it releases into the have been reduced by than 5000 kg – in other Euro VI for the Mercedes-Benz Citaro is a investment in every respect. The G Euro VI, too, demonstrates a saving of more than six compared with Euro V.

Euro VI: Bus of the Year 2013

The performance of the Citaro Euro VI was recognised in the voting for the Bus of the Year 2013. It won the award, conferred by a of European journalists, in an international test against some competitors, all of whom were against the Citaro Euro VI hybrid buses.

Visitors to the UITP Congress can see the vehicle for themselves on the Mercedes-Benz It is, however, barely recognisable, Mercedes-Benz has decorated the Citaro for the with colours and images to the host country of the UITP 2013.

Display vehicle at the Congress

The winning vehicle now on at the UITP Congress is a 12.1-metre-long low-floor rigid bus with doors. It is powered by the new, installed OM 936 Mercedes-Benz engine. six-cylinder in-line unit a displacement of 7.7 litres delivers an of 220 kW (299 hp) and reaches its maximum of 1200 Nm at 1200-1600 rpm. Its control system combines an SCR with AdBlue injection an oxidising catalytic converter, a diesel particulate filter and gas recirculation.

Power transmission is the responsibility of the six-speed ZF Ecolife transmission. A recuperation module the electricity regenerated during With a package of equipment includes the Electronic Stability ESP, electronically regulated control, a roll-and-pitch control bi-xenon headlamps, fog lamps integral cornering light and LED daytime running lamps, the sets new standards when it to safety technology.

The same is of the video monitoring system for the and the fire detection and extinguishing in the engine compartment.

Amongst features, passengers enjoy the of an electrically operated cassette at the middle door, LED lighting underneath the entrances, air conditioning and lighting in the passenger compartment. The seat is behind an electrically cab door with a glass across half its width, where they are able to the electric pivot-and-slide doors. benefits enjoyed by the driver separate air conditioning and a coolbox.

urban driving: Citaro Hybrid

Test drives a locally emission-free Mercedes-Benz FuelCELL Hybrid are possible at the open-air section of the site. The concerned is one of five operated by Switzerland Ltd. The buses been running since 2011 on regular-service routes in and the town of Brugg in the Swiss of Aargau and have so far covered 250,000 km between them.

cell stacks located on the of these two-axle rigid are used to generate electricity hydrogen. This then two powerful wheel hub motors an output of 120 kW each, along the electrified ancillary components.

Lithium-ion batteries, also on the roof, are used to store that is regenerated during This is then also available to the drive system. the power from the energy the Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid is of driving several kilometres on power alone. Thanks to hybridisation and to improvements made to the cell components, the Citaro Hybrid uses some 50 less hydrogen than the generation did and has a range of more 350 km.

PostBus Switzerland operates 2100 buses, of which a third bear the three-pointed 500 of these are Mercedes-Benz Citaro representing virtually all variants. 2011, Mercedes-Benz has already 14 Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid from the current model to customers. Apart from in these are to be found in the German of Hamburg and Karlsruhe and in the Italian of Milan. A further nine FuelCELL Hybrid buses be delivered this year to in northern Italy, and Stuttgart, in

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Citaro, CapaCity, Conecto, – broad range sporting the

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Daimler Buses is active on all with the right vehicle for operations in each and every The core of the business is represented by the regular-service bus Citaro, the most urban bus in the world, of which 40,000 units have sold. The large-capacity four-axle is derived from this. The is also closely related to the and fits the bill perfectly as a and economical low-floor bus in the economy These models are complemented by an range of minibuses on the basis of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

To cater for the market for bus chassis, Mercedes-Benz numerous variants with rear- or front-mounted engines, and as rigid or articulated versions. For the OC 500 LE built in Spain, a low-entry that is already available in a VI-compliant version. The completion of the is undertaken by reputable regional and bodybuilders, and they work in cooperation with Mercedes-Benz.

A at a map of the world makes clear the of this global approach: builds the Citaro in Mannheim and as well as in Ligny/France. Minibuses are in Dortmund, the Conecto in Istanbul-Hosdere in and regular-service bus chassis in Brazil, Argentina, Spain, South and Indonesia.

Global success with regular-service urban buses

The range of market-specific products is a key in the Mercedes-Benz recipe for success. a few recent orders from will serve as examples the first nine new Citaro Euro VI in Switzerland were into operation a month ago by BLT Transport AG. The Hungarian capital, recently saw the arrival of the first of 159 Citaro latest-generation models Euro V, while 60 articulated buses will shortly be up operation in the Polish capital,

It’s also worth a look at other continents: in for example, the Mercedes-Benz Citaro soon be very much an part of the street scene. A order for 450 Citaro is currently in the of being fulfilled. Singapore had already ordered 300 Citaro.

In – host country for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic – Mercedes-Benz holds a market among urban buses of 70 percent. In 2012 the company more than 520 urban to the major cities of Fortaleza and Preto. Rio de Janeiro will be delivery of 91 articulated buses the three-pointed star for its BRT system which was inaugurated last In March 2014 Mercedes-Benz be supplying 2600 buses on the robust front-engine chassis OF R for the Brazilian school bus fleet. The metropolis of Istanbul took last year of 221 Mercedes-Benz articulated buses.

BRT systems on successful course

Mercedes-Benz continues to be very successful in its in connection with the BRT (Bus Transit) systems that are so in South America, above In the context of this type of system, the market share of the bus segment which is held by in Brazil reaches the impressive of almost 70 percent. The vast of the venues for the football World Cup and the Games in Brazil will be on BRT systems – and Mercedes-Benz will be to help. A vehicle that lends itself for use in such is, for example, the Superarticulado (CapaChassis), an bus chassis with four for buses up to 23 metres in length.

In the Colombian capital of Bogotá, operate at one-minute intervals peak periods to carry up to 1.8 passengers each day – and of the city’s buses, 650 are Mercedes-Benz vehicles. In 250 Mercedes-Benz CapaCity as well as Conecto operate on a very used express bus service. carry 700,000 passengers a day at intervals – driving almost to tail during the rush With 140,000 passengers a day and a frequency of one bus every two minutes, City’s bus route 3 seems quiet by comparison. In Nantes, in a series of very well articulated Citaro buses a three-minute service that 13,000 passengers per day. In de Chile, on the other hand, the carry up to 22,000 passengers an on each route – more 1000 of the buses there the Mercedes-Benz star.

Team of experts to advise transport

But Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to BRT systems far beyond simply supplying the suitable vehicles. A team of experts is available to advise operators around the world on how to and develop a BRT system.

Advice Mercedes-Benz will also be on during the UITP Congress in Mercedes-Benz will be providing to the around 10,000 visitors a series of presentations by experts. As of the Expo Forums, the brand be talking about its work Euro VI. On the exhibition stand, the Euro VI emissions standard be one of the key themes, along with the and research services available Mercedes-Benz in relation to BRT systems and drive systems. Mercedes-Benz be tracing the path that from the diesel bus through buses to the all-electric fuel-cell-powered

Source: Daimler AG

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