Reported by Daimler’s official website on Thursday (5/5/3033), the Mercedes-Benz bus manufacturer revealed that by 2039, Daimler will only sell emission-free commercial vehicles starting in the European and Latin American markets.
Meanwhile, in the city bus segment, this will happen in Europe as early as 2030. Daimler Buses is also ready to expand its service offering as a general contractor for customers’ complete electrical infrastructure.
“As the world’s leading bus manufacturer, our ambition is clear, we want to make a contribution to tackling climate change and be the driver of the transport changes needed to achieve this,” said Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses in a statement.
In line with the dual track strategy of its parent company Daimler Trucks, Daimler Buses is also focusing on battery-electric and hydrogen-based technologies. This is claimed to be the only way to offer a customized zero-emissions solution for the diverse needs of its customers.
From next year onwards, Daimler Buses will equip the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro battery electric city bus with a hydrogen-based fuel cell for an extended range of up to 400 kilometers, and able to meet all the range requirements of transport operators.
“To this end, we are pursuing a clear electrification strategy and putting buses with alternative drive technologies on the road in series production,” he said.
On the other hand, Daimler Buses will also offer the eCitaro with a new generation of high-performance batteries starting later this year. The high-energy lithium-ion battery will increase the capacity per battery cell by about 50% for the same weight and allow a reliable range of about 280 km.
“We want to offer CO2-neutral local powertrains for each of our most important market segments by 2030. We are focusing our development efforts entirely on the zero-emissions and fully electric eCitaro”, he added.
Based on information, the company has revealed that production of Daimler Buses’ first pure battery-electric bus chassis for Latin America and markets in the Oceania region will start this year.
They revealed that the chassis of the new “eO500U” bus with a range of about 250 km will be ready for production at the São Bernardo do Campo site in Brazil, and is largely based on eCitaro technology.