Mercedes Benz to Delivers 100 Citaro Hybrid Buses to Atac
Rome based transport company Atac will receive 100 Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid buses. The city buses are to be delivered in three lots between June and the autumn of this year. They are part of an ambitious investment programme to modernise the bus fleet of the transport company in Italy's capital. One of the company's goals is to significantly reduce pollutant emissions.
The new vehicles are painted amaranth red and have a band that runs around the upper section of the bus bearing the wording "+ Bus x Rom + Bus x Rom" – which stands for "more buses for Rome". The solo buses for Atac are equipped with two passenger doors and are fully air-conditioned. A protective glass driver's cab door prevents close contact between the passengers and driver which protects the driver from infections. Both the air conditioning system and the air conditioner housing are fitted with anti-viral active filters. A CCTV system provides for safety onboard and a counting system records the number of passengers. The vehicles are also equipped with GPS surveillance and a telematics system assists fleet management.
When compared with conventional city buses with a combustion engine, the Citaro hybrid buses reduce fuel consumption and in turn emissions by up to 8.5 percent. A highly-efficient and compact hybrid module assists the efficient, low-emissions diesel engine. An electric motor converts energy into electricity when the vehicle is coasting or braking. It is stored in high-performance capacitors, so-called supercaps. The electric motor assists the combustion engine when the bus pulls away. The Citaro hybrid is also equipped with intelligent eco steering, an electrohydraulic steering system. It operates in a need-optimised way and likewise helps reduce fuel consumption in local city transport.
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