Citaro Fuel Cell Bus Debuts in Hamburg

Daimler Citaro FCHy

In brief: New HFC bus hits the streets in Hamburg with a 50% lower fuel consumption versus it's earlier counterparts.

Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid
Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz

The word

Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid

Making its first appearance, the Citaro FuelCELL-Hybrid bus from Mercedes-Benz is one of 30 new HFC EV buses that will be produced by Daimler Buses for the city of Hamburg.

Ten more will be delivered during 2010 with the rest contracted for an unspecified delivery date (likely 2011). The city also plans to take delivery of 20 Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL cars next year.

Daimler created cost reductions to the overall bus by utilizing common parts with its current diesel and hybrid diesel line of buses. The fuel cell components are also in common with the B-Class F-CELL, making for lower costs of production.

The new generation of HFC buses has improved components overall and with the introduction of lithium-ion batteries achieved a 50% lower hydrogen consumption from its predecessor.

The purchase was part of the large-scale trial that Daimler is performing on both the buses and fuel cell cars. This is the next phase of the European Union's CUTE and HyFLEET:CUTE projects, which just completed.

The earlier generation of this bus performed 140,000 hours of operation in CUTE trials from 2003 to 2009. They traveled over 1.4 million miles and demonstrated their viability as reliable public transportation with lower operational costs.

The buses carry enough hydrogen in variously-located storage tanks to travel 249 miles per fill.

And so ...

With Hamburg about to receive four public hydrogen fueling stations, thanks to Shell, Total, and Vattenfall EU, the time is ripe for European hydrogen vehicles.

Photo credits: Daimler/Mercedes-Benz

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