The Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid made its debut in Hamburg last November. This latest-generation fuel cell hybrid bus is distinguished by its environmental compatibility: it operates emission-free and almost soundlessly. As a result the Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid is ideally suited for deployment in traffic-dense city centres and metropolitan areas.
Thanks to improved fuel cell components and hybridisation with lithium-ion batteries, the Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid generates a hydrogen saving of almost 50 percent compared with the previous generation. The operating range of the fuel cell bus is around 250 kilometres. And the fuel-cell drive system is virtually maintenance-free and extremely long-lasting.
Daimler will operate the Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid as part of a large-scale fleet trial for the CHIC Project. This is a continuation of the successful CUTE and HyFLEET:CUTE European Union projects, which ran between 2003 and 2009. In total, 36 Mercedes-Benz Citaro vehicles with second-generation fuel-cell drive have shown outstanding performance in twelve transport systems on three continents. Covering more than 2.2 million kilometres in over 140,000 operating hours, Mercedes-Benz buses equipped with environmentally compatible fuel-cell drive systems have demonstrated to great effect their suitability for everyday operation.
The global initiative "Shaping Future Transportation" combines current activities to focus on sustainable mobility in the Commercial Vehicles Division of Daimler AG. The aim of this initiative is to use clean, efficient drive systems in conjunction with alternative fuels to make zero-emission commercial vehicles a reality for tomorrow’s transportation needs. Further targets of the initiative include protecting resources, reducing emissions, and maximising traffic safety. The Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid, which has been developed with the support of the European Union, plays a key role in this context.