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Munich: MVG starts operation of first articulated Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G

MVG München: The first Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G at Haupftbahnhof - 22 Dec 2020 | © Leo Papic

Munich municipal transport operator Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG) started revenue service of the very first electric articulated eCitaro on Tuesday, 22 December 2020. The Mercedes vehicle is the first electric 18-metre bus in regular service in the city of Munich. It serves line 100 between the Hauptbahnhof – the main railway station, Odeonsplatz and Ostbahnhof. When the second electric articulated ebus of the same type is expected to arrive in the next few days, MVG will be able to operate the so-called “museum line” 100 entirely in electric. The ebuses are completely emission-free on local level. Line 144 (Scheidplatz – Rotkreuzplatz), which is served by 12-metre buses, was already converted to electric buses in October 2020, as reported here: https://www.urban-transport-magazine.com/en/munich-eight-brand-new-ebusco-2-2/

MVG MD Ingo Wortmann presenting the very first eCitaro G at the charging station | © MVG/SWM

  The Mercedes buses have seven modules of lithium metal polymer solid-state batteries each with a maximum capacity of 441 kWh. The range is up to 250 kilometres. More details about the bus you may find here: https://www.urban-transport-magazine.com/en/new-mercedes-benz-ecitaro-g-with-innovative-solid-state-batteries/

Investment cost for both eCitaro G is approximately 1.6 million EUR. Funding is partially provided by the federal government and the Free State of Bavaria with a total of approximately 550,000 EUR.

The order with Mercedes includes a further eight eCitaro G, which are expected in the course of 2021. MVG is also expected to receive two electric solo buses and two electric articulated buses, each in lightweight construction, from the Dutch manufacturer Ebusco before the end of next year. Thus, by the end of 2021, MVG’s e-bus fleet will consist of at least 26 electric buses. Another electrification milestone is expected to be reached in mid-2021 with the commissioning of the new Moosach depot: 56 innovative 150 kW water-cooled chargers will be available there. The gradual expansion of the charging infrastructure is planned.

Source: MVG/SWM

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