BSAG orders five Mercedes eCitaro with solid fuel batteries

BSAG orders five Mercedes eCitaro with solid fuel batteries

Bremer Straßenbahn AG (BSAG) has ordered five Mercedes-Benz eCitaro with solid-state batteries. Delivery of the electric buses is scheduled for the beginning of 2022. The scope of supply also includes five permanently installed charging systems, each with an output of 150 kW, as well as three mobile workshop chargers of 40 kW each, including service.

BSAG had announced in the summer that it would be procuring five purely battery-electric buses as well as 15 others with "hydrogen-powered fuel cells to extend the range". Mercedes-Benz has thus now been chosen as the manufacturer of the five BEV specimens. What makes them special is that the three-door solo buses are equipped with seven solid-state battery packs with a total capacity of 441 kWh. As is well known, Mercedes will also supply the bus variant with solid-state batteries to Wiesbaden. The innovative battery option was first announced in the summer of 2018.

It is still open who will build the other 15 buses for Bremer Straßenbahn AG and whether this means vehicles that mainly rely on the hydrogen system for propulsion or battery-electric buses that still have a small fuel cell on board as a range extender. Including the construction of the charging infrastructure in the depots of BSAG, the costs for the procurement initiative are expected to add up to 16.7 million euros. The federal government subsidizes up to 40 percent of the additional costs compared to a diesel bus as part of the emergency program "Clean Air". For the vehicles with fuel cell range extender, up to 80 percent will be subsidized, according to an earlier senate announcement.

BSAG transports around 300,000 people every day with almost 120 trams and nearly 220 buses, around half of which come from Mercedes. The bus network comprises more than 40 routes covering a total of around 500 kilometres. By 2025, BSAG aims to manage 50 percent of its local transport operations without emissions.daimler.com