Daimler BusesWith its holistic solutions for public transport, Daimler Buses displayed a range of products under its three brands, Mercedes-Benz, Setra and Omniplus. The products are designed and engineered to empower customers to make a seamless transition to new technologies in the wake of new regulations and customer preferences. Built to help their customers operate fleets that are reliable, sustainable and profitable, the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro, carrying forward the legacy of the popular city bus Citaro, is one year-old, and going strong. It is claimed to have touched the three-digit mark already, and living upto the expectations of operators as well as the commuters. Produced in series at the Mannheim plant, the buses are in service at Berlin, Hamburg, Oslo and Ystad. Capable of being customised, the bus could be had with up to twelve battery packs to offer a range of up to 170 km. While an articulated variant is said to be under development, and will have a total capacity of 145 passenger seats, the eCitaro is set to get a new solid-state battery pack (lithium polymer batteries). The addition of a range extender (hydrogen-based fuel cell supplying a high-voltage battery with electricity) by 2022 will significantly enhance the range of the bus. Premiering the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 75, Daimler revealed that the van offers a coach like experience in the minibus segment. With 21+1 passenger seating capacity courtesy a new high-load axle, the van is expected to open up new bussiness models for operators in the respective segment. Besides the Sprinter 75, the company also showcased the Mercedes-Benz Intouro and Tourismo 15 RHD high-decker. Under the Setra brand, the company displayed touring coaches Setra MultiClass S 415 LE business rural service bus, Setra ComfortClass S 515 HD touring high-decker, Setra TopClass S 516 HDH super high decker and Setra TopClass S 531 DT double-decker bus.


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