Mannheim – Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH will be the first customer for the fully electric city bus by Mercedes-Benz. A representative of the Daimler subsidiary EvoBus GmbH and Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH have signed a corresponding letter of intent. The first vehicles will be delivered at the end of 2018 and will go on a so-called near-launch road trial in the metropolitan region of Rhein-Neckar. This means the first specimens of the fully electric Mercedes-Benz city buses will remain in their home– as they are produced in Mannheim. Alongside the delivery of vehicles, both partners have agreed on a close exchange on the results in regular daily service.
"Our bestseller Mercedes-Benz Citaro comes from the EvoBus plant in Mannheim, our competence centre for city buses. Of course, this also applies to the electric version, which we are currently preparing for series production. That's why I'm particularly pleased that our first customer for the fully electric city bus comes from the metropolitan region of Rhein-Neckar and that the vehicles will be used here to begin with. This cooperation with Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH allows us to gather important findings about the daily use of our fully electric Citaro in immediate physical proximity and about the public local transport of the future," says Hartmut Schick, head of Daimler Buses.
"Electric mobility in city buses is one of the future topics in public local transport - and not only since the debate about nitrogen oxide level in city centres," says Martin in der Beek, technical manager of rnv. "As a company, however, we want to do significantly more than just be pulled along with time and to react. We want to actively join in with the development of E-mobility in public local transport. In EvoBus we have found a strong and important partner in order to put the advantages of the technology and the matching operating concepts in everyday use through their paces for our passengers."