Hamburg’s largest local public transport operator Hamburger Hochbahn has ambitious goal of converting city's entire bus fleet into zero-emission vehicles by 2030. The all-electric Mercedes‑Benz eCitaro is an essential building block for this. The 100th vehicle was handed over in Mannheim.10 more eCitaro are currently on their way. With these, the fleet of Hamburger Hochbahn AG will consist of 83 solo buses and 27 articulated buses. A further 68 solo buses and five articulated buses have been ordered for this year as well as next year.These include the first models with the next-generation, even more powerful NMC3 batteries, which offer a longer range without having to recharge. Hamburger Hochbahn has been involved at every step of the eCitaro's rapid development, operating each battery generation, from NMC1 to NMC3, as well as solid-state batteries.The articulated bus for Hamburg comes equipped to be very passenger-friendly. Four doors ensure a fast flow of passengers at stops. A closing door warning system with a flashing red light strip informs passengers entering or exiting the vehicle that the door is about to move. Three special-purpose areas are provided for wheelchairs and child strollers. The wood look for the floor, fabric-covered seats and backrests for passenger seats manufactured in-house, plus leather straps convey a cozy feeling. The ambient lighting creates a pleasant atmosphere when it's dark outside. Passengers can charge their electronic devices on board using the numerous USB twin sockets. Two dual monitors are used for infotainment on board. The activated filter and antiviral function of the air-conditioning system reduces the risk of infection.Hamburger Hochbahn AG operates 116 routes, and more than 1300 stops, with around 1100 buses. These buses carry around 214 million passengers a year. Since 2020, this transport company has purchased locally zero-emission city buses only. Daimler Buses and Hochbahn have worked closely with one another for decades and are pushing innovative technologies forward together.