Switzerland orders new wave of eCitaro buses

Mercedes-Benz buses is supplying 10 eCitaros to a Swiss public transport operator as part of a unique strategy

Switzerland orders new wave of eCitaro buses
The eCitaro will soon join a Swiss operator's ranks

Following extensive testing, Switzerland operator Baden-Wettingen Regional Transport (RVBW) has ordered 10 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro electric buses including charging infrastructure.

The order follows testing from the bus’s cockpit to the serviceability, with the new electric buses being set to be included in RVBW’s 67 scheduled services.

As a method of continuing its electric bus strategy, the eCitaro carbon-neutral low-floor buses will be delivered next year.

Daimler Buses, as the general contractor, will deliver the complete e-mobility system as a turnkey solution, including its entire charging infrastructure, management and conversion measures.

RVBW is hoping to become a climate neutral company by 2030, meaning its entire bus fleet will be completely converted to emissions-free vehicles.

The eCitaro order is a key part of this move, as the necessary reconstruction measures included in the complete package allow RVBW to become completely zero-emissions in its operations.

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RVBW says it operates 12 bus routes in the canton of Aargau together with other contracted companies.

Last year, the 67 buses part of RVBW covered 4.2 million kilometres, serving 337 stops and transporting more than 11 million passengers.

In 2018, RVBW developed a fleet strategy relying on fully electrically powered scheduled-service buses.

But the electric buses being delivered by Daimler will also fulfil the transport company’s wishes to follow both unusual routes and normal services.

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