An Absolutely Clean Zero-Emissions Bus
HAMBURG, GERMANY - Mercedes-Benz premiered their new 2010 Citaro Fuel Cell Hybrid Bus¬†at the end of last year, and in doing so they demonstrated how far they had come in making a production hydrogen powered bus a true commercial success. For 2010, Daimler, Mercedes-Benz's parent company, will introduce a series of ten of their first production models of the Citaro Fuel Cell bus¬†into full passenger service with the Hamburg Transport Authority in Germany. Additionally, a¬†further twenty fuel cell Citaro's will be delivered to the Hamburger Hochbahn Authority throughout 2010 for fleet testing.
These first full-scale tests of production¬†2010 Mercedes-Benz Citaro Fuel Cell Hybrid buses in regular service¬†will help support the foundation of many worldwide city clean energy transporation initiatives in this decade, and Daimler AG appears well position to tap into this market globally.¬†The Citaro F-CELL¬†benefits¬†by having a co-developed powertrain shared with the Mercedes-Benz hydrogen powered¬†B-Class F-CELL car. theirEarth¬†Motoring had a chance to preview the B-Class's revolutionary powertrain¬†at a special test session in Monaco late last year and we found it to be¬†spectacular as a design; -¬†silent,¬†and thoroughly thought out. In fact, in the case of the 2010 Citaro Fuel Cell bus, it¬†uses two B-Class F-CELL engines as its solution for zero-emissions mobility.
The Citaro hydrogen fuel cell bus is also a hybrid vehicle, and it is equipped with a sophisticated lithium-ion battery pack system that balances any start-up and surge loading of the fuel cell engines. The lithium-ion battery¬†also acts to store braking kinetic energy through conversion during all deceleration manoeuvres. The hydrogen powered Citaro can travel up to 250 km's on a full charge, which makes it ideal for operating in commuting¬†corridors to and from¬†major city centres¬†as part of a¬†zero-emissions transport strategy.
The Citaro Fuel Cell Bus¬†has a high¬†storage capacity for¬†hydrogen gas in its onboard tanks and these can be refilled in minutes and operate at 700 bar pressure.¬†Where hydrogen fuel cell buses make absolute sense is in replacing the long commute that single passenger vehicles make entering major cities by having zero-emissions 70 passenger buses, like the Citaro F-CELL,¬†achieving the future commuting requirements of suburban communities in style and using clean technology.
Daimler says that the latest generation 2010 Citaro F-CELL bus uses 50% less fuel than their first generation model designed two years ago, and that their testing has shown that the Mercedes-Benz fuel cell system is virtually maintenance free - great news to the purchasers of the 2010 Mercedes B-Class F-CELL car in limited production and using¬†the same powertrain.