MERCEDES-BENZ ELECTRIC BUS CHASSIS: 2022 IN AUSTRALIA

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Daimler Truck and Bus Australia + Fabian Cotter


Daimler’s electro-mobility plans for the Southern Hemisphere have taken a massive – and long anticipated – leap forward with Mercedes-Benz announcing it is importing an e-bus chassis in 2022 for the Australian bus market.

MERCEDES-BENZ ELECTRIC BUS CHASSIS: 2022 IN AUSTRALIA
Prototype buses using the new electric chassis are currently being tested in Germany and Brazil, MB Australia confirms.

Announced at a time many new and established global OEMs are showing keen interest to bring in tailored electric bus product into Australia, the low-floor zero-emissions Mercedes-Benz electric city bus chassis will be available here in the last quarter of next year, MB confirms.

The Mercedes-Benz electric city bus chassis is suitable for locally made bus bodies up to 13.2 metres in length, it clarifies.

The electric bus chassis development was led by and recently revealed by Mercedes-Benz in Brazil, where it will be built for the Latin America, Europe and Oceania markets, it says.

With the electric motor integrated into the rear axle, the electric chassis is equipped with an EBS electronic braking and energy recovery system, MB explains. 

Prototype buses using the new electric chassis are currently being tested in Germany and Brazil, MB Australia confirms.

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BRAND TRUST

The Australian-specification electric city bus chassis will have a range of more than 300km and can be fully charged in little more than three hours, Mercedes-Benz states.

Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific president and CEO Daniel Whitehead says Australian customers will welcome an electric bus chassis from a brand they can trust.

"Daimler is proud to offer customers advanced electric solutions for trucks and buses that have been properly developed, tried and tested in order to deliver the class-leading quality and performance expected from our trusted brands," he said.

"Our customers are excited about a Mercedes-Benz bus that emits zero local emissions and is perfect for operation both in the regions and cities and suburbs with high pedestrian density. We know the Mercedes-Benz electric city bus chassis will deliver exactly what they have asked for," Whitehead added.

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INTEGRATION SUPPORT

As part of its electric bus chassis package, Mercedes-Benz will also offer a consultancy service to help customers with everything required to integrate the new vehicles into their existing fleet including energy supply, battery recharge infrastructure and fleet operation planning, the company explains.

The electric bus chassis product will also be supported by, "…the vast Mercedes-Benz dealership network that spans the country," it adds.

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