Stadtwerke Konstanz has purchased six new electric buses as a prelude to the long-term conversion of its bus fleet. The new Mercedes eCitaro e-buses have already been delivered and are scheduled to enter service on routes 6 and 14 in February.
The municipal utility company had already announced in October 2020 that it intended to purchase six e-buses in 2021 and to stop buying diesel buses in the future. The order was then placed with Mercedes-Benz last year, and the red-painted eCitaro buses have since arrived in Constance. In the city on Lake Constance, the public transport buses are therefore also known as the "Red Arnold".
"Our goal is for the Red Arnold to be fully electric by 2035," says Stadtwerke managing director Norbert Reuter. "That's why we won't be purchasing any new diesel buses in the future, but instead will rely on electric drives." This means that an average of four new e-buses will have to be purchased each year in the future.
Stadtwerke has invested a total of around five million euros in the first six vehicles - including the necessary charging infrastructure - although 2.3 million euros was covered by grants from the Federal Environment Ministry and the state of Baden-Württemberg.