Following the all-electric eCitaro added to the production program of the Mannheim Bus Factory in autumn 2018, the company also included the Bellows eCitaro in its mass production program last May. The R&D studies of eCitaro, whose new orders were received by the municipalities of many cities in Europe, were carried out by the R&D Center within the scope of the Hoşdere Bus Factory of Mercedes-Benz Türk.
This electric bus developed in Turkey: ecitaro
Within the scope of the global responsibilities of Daimler buses of Mercedes-Benz Türk Hoşdere R&D Center; eCitaro's bodywork, outer coverings, interior equipment, certain electrical scopes and diagnostic systems were developed at the Hoşdere R&D Center. Road tests, equipment endurance tests, hardware and infrastructure works of the new Bellows eCitaro as well as eCitaro were carried out at the Hoşdere R&D Center.
Bus R & D Center is located in a vehicle and 1.000.000 km of road conditions to fulfill the conditions corresponding to the strength of the unit Hidropuls simulation tests conducted in Turkey ecitaro; In addition, within the scope of road tests, all systems and equipment of the vehicles under the usual road, different climate and customer use conditions were tested for long-term durability and they were on the road.
In this context, eCitaro's first prototype vehicle; For 2 years, about 140.000 km - 10.000 hours; Istanbul, Erzurum and Izmir to extreme climatic conditions in Turkey and has been tested in all conditions encountered in different driving scenarios. Turkey's powerful global responsibility within the scope of the tests passed ecitaro downright electric vehicles produced in Mannheim are delivered to various European cities.
The Hoşdere Bus R&D Center, which has responsibilities in Daimler's global network in the field of buses, continues to incorporate new patents with new designs and engineering analyzes. ecitaro developed in Turkey for "New Roof Concept", only one of them. Within the scope of the project carried out by Mercedes-Benz Türk R&D Department, the ceiling design of eCitaro was completely redone. Starting from the back of the driver's compartment and extending to the rear window; roof hatches, roof center plates; The door, rear glass top, (in bellows) bellows area coatings, cable / pipe ducts, interior lighting, step lighting and air ducts were designed from scratch by the Mercedes-Benz Türk R&D Interior Equipment Team.
Although the eCitaro does not have a roof escape hatch, thanks to the "New Roof Concept", a larger area in the middle of the roof is offered than before. In this form, both a more spacious appearance in interior design and more lighting surfaces are provided with the new "transverse lighting concept".
The first delivery of the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro was made to Wiesbaden, Germany on November 18, 2019 with 56 units, and this was the highest number of electric buses ordered in Germany at one time. Since that date; ECitaro is also used on the roads of cities such as Hamburg, Berlin, Mannheim and Heidelberg. New orders continue to be received together with the Bellows eCitaro, which has been included in the serial production program since May 2020.