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Diesel-hybrid city bus to be part of Germany’s electric mobility program

The Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid can run solely on electric power for a 20-30% reduction in fuel use and carbon emissions. Photo by Daimler AG

The German Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS) has signed a letter of intent to provide funding for Daimler Buses to develop, evaluate and test the first small fleet of diesel-hybrid city buses.

The Mercedes-Benz Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid articulated bus is a diesel-hybrid drive. Its drive system is currently the only publicly present bus of its kind that can run solely on electric power. This allows it to reduce their diesel consumption by 20-30% and also cuts CO2 emissions by the same amount.

The BMVBS program was endowed with 115 million euros (US $163.8 million) from Germany’s Economic Stimulus Program II which provides targeted funding for testing and accelerated market preparations for electric drive vehicles until 2011. The sponsored projects must be launched by late 2010.

The BMVBS has designated eight model regions where pilot projects will be conducted for the Electric Mobility Model Regions development program.

Next year, Daimler Buses will test about 30 Citaro G BlueTec Hybrid buses in everyday operation in the model regions.

-   Katrice R. Jalbuena

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