GERMANY: Hannover city transport operator Üstra signed a framework agreement with Daimler Buses on August 6 for the supply of up to 48 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro electric buses.
The contract covers 30 rigid and 18 eCitaro G articulated buses. The four buses from the firm order are due to be delivered this year.
The buses will be powered by 10 battery packs with a total capacity of 243 kWh. These will be recharged using a roof-mounted pantograph at fast charging stations at the termini.
The low-floor vehicles will be equipped with retractable ramps, USB sockets and infotainment TFT displays. Daimler will also supply its Sideguard Assist technology that warns the driver of pedestrians or cyclists when turning, as well as its Preventive Brake Assist braking assistance system. The buses form part of Üstra’s plan to have a fully electric public transport fleet in Hannover city centre by 2023 at an estimated cost of €53m.