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Mercedes-Benz delivers 11 eCitaro electric buses to Postbus

These will be the first all-electric Mercedes-Benz buses to run regularly on Austrian roads

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(Source: electrive.net)
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(Source: electrive.net)

Österreichische Postbus AG has put 11 new electric buses into operation. Mercedes-Benz eCitaro are being used on behalf of the Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR) in the Schweinbarther Kreuz project in the southern Weinviertel region of Lower Austria.

According to the announcement, 8 buses are constantly operated on two lines. During this time, the batteries of the other two electric buses must be "charged up to 300 kW in just 30 minutes using the fast charger in Gänserndorf", thus avoiding "unproductive downtime". Charging takes place at night in Gänserndorf, as well as in Mistelbach and Wolkersdorf. Charging stations are currently being installed by EVN on behalf of VOR and should be operational in August. “This leads to 100 percent green electricity coverage”, the company said.

The equipment of the buses includes, among other things, a place for a wheelchair, a folding ramp at the second door, an enclosed driver's cab, a passenger counting system and two TFT monitors for informing passengers. In addition, eCitaro are equipped with Omniplus ON's Bus Data Center real-time communication module. This means that all vehicle operating states such as charge level, remaining range, batteries and all diagnostic messages can be monitored continuously from the control centre. ÖBB Postbus goes one step further and integrates vehicle data from the Daimler Buses cloud into its own fleet management systems.

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