BVG Berlin Orders 15 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro Electric Buses

NOV 23 2018 BY MARK KANE 9

The first 15 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro ordered for Berlin.

The Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) placed the largest bus order ever in Germany for 950 Mercedes-Benz Citaro (up to 600 articulated buses and 350 solo buses).

All those buses are diesels, which seems like a missed opportunity, but the company recently ordered 15 all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro, which will be delivered from the first quarter of 2019.

It seems that for now, BEVs will stand for less than 2% of new purchases for BVG, which is kind of low (EV buses typically reach several times higher share than cars), but it needs to start somewhere.

The good news is that Daimler is quickly receiving new orders for eCitaro and soon should exceed 100 (the biggest manufacturers, which started earlier, delivered in Europe 500-600 electric buses to date).

Mercedes-Benz eCitaro spec:

  • electric portal axle ZF AVE 130 with electric motors at the wheel hubs. The peak output of the motors is 2 x 125 kW, while torque is 2 x 485 Nm
  • up to 243 kWh battery for 150 km (93 miles) of range in SORT2 test cycle (250 km / 155 miles at best)
  • weight of 13.44 tonnes. As the gross vehicle weight is 19.5 tonnes, this corresponds to a payload of more than six tonnes or around 88 passengers

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Why is that a news and new electric trams with overhead contact line not?! I have the feeling that it’s ignored that electric public transportation within cities is in Germany usually by trams unlike China where trams are a like new technology so they are buying more electric busses.
And what about the infrastructure needed for that busses?


I was just in Berlin. Saw there way more bus and train traffic than tram.

Depends on what part. In the West, they ripped them all out like in the US, and only very few new lines have been built since the reunification. In the East, there are plenty.

Why would be it news when old electric trams are replaced with new electric trams?…

In many news about electric busses the authors do like electric public transportation within cities is something new.
In some German cities, there’re even trolleybusses for decades now.


That’s pathetic. I was just in Berlin, much of the time around downtown, and you could smell the diesel in the air. Besides all the vans, trucks and buses being diesel, at least half the passenger vehicles there use it as well.

Sad to see Berlin lag rather than lead.

I dont believe you. I live in Germany, Berlin is actually a very green city with really good air, if you compare it to other cities of similar size.
Ok if you stand right behind the exhaust pipe of a car, you will smell it, otherwise, i doubt it.

Old cars are not allowed to drive in the city center anymore to further enhance air quality:

And air quality got quite a lot better in the last 30 years:

“Old cars are not allowed to drive in the city center […]”
Not really true. The current situation is that:
For Germany registration:
– Like all gas cars with lambda controlled catalytic converter (quite common since the end of the 1980s) are allowed to drive there if they buy a sticker for roughly 5EUR and mount it on they windshield.
– Very many Diesel cars which are roughly up to 10-15 years old. Even some roughly 20 years old Diesel cars are allowed. But in some cases (especially the older ones) an additional filter has to be installed by a garage and the autorities have to change the papers of the car then.
– All historic vehicles (in a good condition) passed a certain process are allowed to drive there.

For foreign registrations there’re fixed dates:

Until June 2019 in Berlin they have to forbid more newer Diesel cars in some parts of the city.


1. we are talking about Diesels here
2. Diesels need to be Euro 4, which is relevant since 2005, so you will not find a 20 year old Diesel that fulfills Euro 4 without additional filters. You exxagerate a little. I do not see a problem to let old cars drive in the city when they have been upgraded with filters to fulfill the modern standards.
3. 360k out of 43million cars are historic, thats not even 1% of all cars in Germany and most of these cars drive only rarely. Yes there are some people who exploit the law, but that are not really many