Mercedes Benz exhibits the eCitaro at the 'AGIR Days' virtual show – MotorsActu

Mercedes-Benz marks its presence at the AGIR Days, a show taking place for the first time in a virtual version, its latest innovation, the 18 m eCitaro G. New solid electrolyte batteries are now fitted to these two vehicles.

The new eCitaro G articulated bus and the standard eCitaro equipped with solid-electrolyte batteries are a pioneering performance and demonstrate Mercedes-Benz's technological mastery in the field of electric buses.

Whether it is the eCitaro G articulated bus or the eCitaro standard bus, both vehicles meet the needs of transport companies and thus facilitate the transition to electromobility. The batteries of the eCitaro G and eCitaro are recharged as standard via a CCS-COMBO type 2 socket and with a charging power of up to 150 kW. The connector is placed on the right side above the front axle wheel arch. From next spring, new connector locations will also be possible on the left side or on the rear of the vehicle. Complementary online or terminal charging is also available with a power of up to 300 kW, by ascending or descending pantograph type Opp’charge.

With the solid electrolyte battery, Mercedes-Benz is starting a technological revolution while being at the forefront of progress. Its energy density is even higher, its lifespan is also longer and allows greater autonomy of the vehicle. In particular, a solid electrolyte battery operates at around 80 degrees. Battery cooling is therefore not necessary. In addition, solid electrolyte batteries do not contain nickel, manganese and cobalt. Unlike lithium-ion batteries with NMC technology, solid electrolyte batteries are lithium-polymer batteries. The electrolyte is in the form of a solid polymer. The electrodes of the batteries are made of graphite with pure lithium as well as lithium-iron-phosphate.

Mercedes-Benz doesn't just sell vehicles. The company is supporting the transition to electromobility with advice and concrete actions through its eMobility System Design & Consulting service. More than 100 transport companies have already benefited from the advice of Mercedes-Benz mobility experts. The teams intervene in this context in very different ways: sometimes visible to the customer, sometimes in the background in support of the sales organization.

The consultants provide companies with a simulation program that the team has developed in order to make feasibility calculations. The companies provide data for each line on the bus service start times, the differences between stops, speeds and, if applicable, topography. The program turns the information into a load profile for the eCitaro. If electrification is complicated, consultants step in behind the scenes – with detailed calculations or thoughts on intermediate loads and vehicle configuration.

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