A MILESTONE FOR MERCEDES-BENZ: DELIVERY OF THE 55,555TH CITARO
Mercedes-Benz delivered the 55,555th urban bus of the successful Citaro range. The anniversary bus is an all-electric eCitaro which will be on the road for the Swedish Bergkvarabuss AB company in the port town of Trelleborg.
The anniversary bus is part of an order for ten eCitaro buses for use in the port town of Trelleborg in southern Sweden. It is the second eCitaro order which Bergkvarabuss AB has placed. The bus company based in Kalmar on southern Sweden's Baltic coast is active in all manner of bus travel: school buses, regular-service lines and inter-city routes. Bergkvarabuss AB operates shuttle buses to cruise ships in port towns. The company has more than 30 locations in Sweden, Denmark and Germany and has a fleet of over 1000 buses. It is the biggest privately-owned bus company in all of Europe.
This Mercedes-Benz eCitaro has an especially elegant appearance thanks to the dark-tinted double-glazed side windows and the additional low-slung side windows between the axles. A pedestrian warning bell makes passers-by aware of the presence of the quiet electric bus. Also the eCitaro is equipped with the Sideguard Assist turning aid. With twelve battery packs with a total battery capacity of 292 kWh, the eCitaro achieves practicable ranges even in the climes of Scandinavian winters.
The fully climate-controlled interior is equipped to a very high standard and includes comfortable InterStar Eco seating for intercity operations, as well as ambient lighting, USB sockets for charging mobile devices and side-wall panelling in needle felt. Passengers who are hard of hearing benefit from the presence of a sound processor.
The first Citaro made its appearance in 1997 and over the years the Citaro has received many accolades. Among these, it was voted European "Bus of the Year" on several occasions, including this year, when the low-emission, Citaro hybrid took home the award. Now the 55,555th has been delivered.