Mercedes-Benz Successfully Tests Electric Bus At High Altitude
If this eCitaro G electric bus can handle high altitudes like this, just think of where else it can roam — running on nothing but electric energy and supreme innovation.
An impressive feat for an impressive vehicle © Credit to Mercedes-Benz
Earlier this year, mid-January to be exact, Mercedes-Benz tested out its eCitaro G, an articulated electric bus. Only the test wasn’t as simple as your standard track run. No, MB tested it at an altitude of around 2,000 metres above sea level at Seiser Alm in South Tyrol.
“The first test of an 18-metre electric bus at these altitudes of almost 2,000 metres at Seiser Alm – this is a great moment for us in South Tyrol,” said Daniel Alfreider, deputy provincial governor and, as a provincial councillor in the government of South Tyrol. “Our goal is zero emissions mobility for the people here in South Tyrol.”
You could say the eCitaro G was made for this, equipped with solid-state batteries and a capacity of 442 kWh. It demonstrated stability, traction and performance with two driven axles.
The driver, Franz Federspieler (a bus rider of over 40 years) described it as: “A super driving experience.”
The eCitaro G was used on a route operated by Silbernagl between the towns of Compatsch (1850 metres above sea level) and Saltria (1680 metres) on Seiser Alm, Europe’s largest Alpine plateau, located in the South Tyrolean Dolomites in Italy.
Silbernagel has its headquarters not far away in Kastelruth, South Tyrol. A company that focuses on technical innovations and environmental solutions.
So it should come as no surprise that General Director Carlo Greco was happy to test out the eCitaro G’s capabilities, stating:
“The 18-metre-long vehicles with 6×4 axle configuration are of great interest to us. We are confident that we will be able to integrate them into our bus fleet over the coming years.”
The current Silbernagl fleet consists of some 70 coaches, not to mention various scheduled service buses ranging from compact minibuses to double-deckers.
These vehicles are almost exclusively tied to Mercedes-Benz and Setra, as in they rarely stray from these brands. Again, another reason why Silbernagl was so happy to put the eCitaro G through its paces.
Electric buses hold no bounds in the power and viability department. But what do you think? What do you think of the eCitaro G travelling at a high altitude and e buses in general?