Written by Daniel Andzhurov – February 15, 2022
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
The electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G articulated bus demonstrated its remarkable scheduled performance at the Seiser Alm in South Tyrol, Italy. Test conditions were represented by a lot of snow, low temperatures and almost 2000 metres above sea level.
Equipped with solid-state batteries with a capacity of 441 kWh, the fully electrified Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G demonstrates stability, traction, and ideal driving behavior thanks to dual drive. "An incredible experience behind the wheel," was the verdict of driver Franz Federspieler, who has been driving buses for 40 years.
The Silbernagl bus company focuses on technical innovation and environmental protection
The electric eCitaro G was tested by the Silbernagl bus company and used on of their routes between the two cities of Compatsch (1850 meters above sea level) and Saltria (1680 meters) on Seiser Alm, the largest alpine plateau in Europe, located in the South Tyrolean Dolomites in Italy. The Silbernagl headquarters is located nearby, in Kastelruth, South Tyrol. The company is focused on technical innovations and their best possible environmental compatibility. That's why CEO Carlo Greco was very pleased to see for himself the capabilities of the eCitaro G, even in such unusual conditions. "The 18-meter vehicle with a 6 × 4 axle configuration is of great interest to us. We are convinced that we will be able to integrate these buses into our fleet in the coming years," Greco said after the tests on eCitaro G.
Auto Trendy’s take:
Mobility’s evolution is fueled by the progress made in automotive and transport technologies. We, at Auto Trendy, believe that the “eCitaro G” has a very high potential for completely electrifying intercity transport – the test described above just proves the width of its boundaries. What is specifically shown by the test is that this electric bus from Mercedes-Benz can, despite the rough conditions, keep the beautiful high mountain areas clean as they are supposed to be. Isn’t that great?