Mercedes Citaro G BlueTech Hybrid Omnibus silences Munich
The very first hybrid bus deployed in the Munich administrative district for the Munich Regional Transport vehicle fleet was a smashing triumph. Because of that positive welcome, on September 22, 2011, Ulrich Piotrowski, the Market Launch Manager for Mercedes-Benz hybrid and electric buses, presented a symbolic key to Jörg Schuchtmann, the Operations Manager of Busservice Watzinger GmbH & Co. KG, according to Mercedes-Benz.
The “Munich District Energy Vision” initiative is Munich’s new pilot project which is attempting to reduce the district’s energy consumption by 60 percent by the year 2050. It also is trying to meet the 40-percent demand with renewable forms of energy. Its first attempt is to use the Mercedes-Benz Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid Omnibus to meet the goal.
The Citaro will be available for passenger public transport around Munich. The Munich district is attempting in many ways to subsidise more hybrid buses and carry out a long-term tests on them. The Citaro is one such vehicle. For an example, the overall emissions balance, is one area for research and incentives.
According to Ulrich Piotrowski, on the basis of positive past experiences, the Munich administrative district has decided to use the Citaro. Piotrowski said in a statement: “In terms of exhaust emissions and noise reduction, hybrid as an eco-friendly drive technology stands out as the best option at the moment, because of its practical advantages and high level of electrification.”