eCitaro from 2022 with fuel cell as Range Extender
The all-electric eCitaro city bus is to refuel with hydrogen from 2022: Daimler Buses wants to significantly increase its range with a fuel cell.
The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro, which has been in series production in Mannheim since 2018, is being continuously developed with a view to practical use in regular service. Daimler Buses is also relying on the intelligent combination of battery and fuel cell. Following the market launch of the battery-electric single and articulated bus variants and the expansion of the portfolio to include a solid fuel battery from 2020, the range is expected to be further increased from 2022 by a fuel cell for generating electricity using hydrogen on board.
The development of this technology is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with a total of € 3.3 million as part of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology. The funding guideline is coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Projektträger Jülich (PtJ). The program is intended to support the first products necessary for a market launch in various application areas.
The eCitaro with range extension by a fuel cell is charged with electricity and refueled with hydrogen (H2). Battery and fuel cell complement each other perfectly in city bus applications. By combining the two technologies, almost 100% of all range requirements for city buses can be covered. The vehicle makes a positive contribution to achieving climate targets in the cities through its purely electric operation without CO2 emissions.
The development of the battery-electric city bus with fuel cell range extender underscores Daimler Trucks & Buses' goal to only offer new vehicles in the triad markets of Europe, Japan and NAFTA that are CO2-neutral when operated ("tank-to-wheel") by 2039.
This article was first published in German by next-mobility.news.