In January, the South Tyrolean bus company Silbernagl from the district of Seis in Kastelruth (Castelrotto) tested a Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G articulated bus in regular service on the Seiser Alm (Alpe di Siusi) route at an altitude of 2,000 metres. The vehicle was used on the line between Compatsch and Saltria.
This is the first time an electric bus has been used on the Alpe di Siusi. Daniel Alfreider, Deputy “Governor” of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol (Alto Adige) and Provincial Councillor for Infrastructure and Mobility: “The test of this electric articulated bus at this altitude is an important moment for us. Because our goal is mobility without emissions for the people here in South Tyrol.”
The battery-powered articulated bus, which is registered in Mannheim, has a two-axle driveis driven on axles 2 (centre axle) and 3 (rear axle). This gives the vehicle very good contact with the road surface, especially on wintry roads, and thus good traction and high performance. Franz Federspieler, who has been a bus driver for 40 years, commented on the use of the bus on the Alpe di Siusi with the words: “Super driving experience.”
The bus is equipped with solid-state batteries, which have a capacity of 441 kWh.
Carlo Greco, the head of Silbernagl, emphasises that Silbernagl has always been very open to technical innovations and still is today. “We are confident that we will integrate the eCitaro G into our fleet in the coming years.”10.02.2022