Two emission-free premieres at Zugerland Verkehrsbetriebe and Bus Ostschweiz with the delivery of their first two fully-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro buses

September 2019
Zug Canton/St. Gallen Rhine Valley
  • Mercedes-Benz eCitaro: a new chapter in emission-free mobility in Zug and Altstätten
  • eCitaro: locally emission-free, highly efficient and with an exclusive design
  • Comprehensively equipped: the eCitaro buses for the Canton of Zug and the St. Gallen Rhine Valley region
  • Zugerland Verkehrsbetriebe (ZVB) and Bus Ostschweiz (BOS): facts and figures

The basis for this is a unique thermal management system with a heat pump for heating the passenger compartment, as well as temperature control for the battery and connected components. Many of these have been made available for the first time in line with the eCitaro. Its exclusive design is derived from that of the popular Mercedes‑Benz Citaro and makes for a very distinct appearance – the eCitaro is a very special type of Citaro. 

Extensively equipped: the eCitaro for the Canton of Zug and the St. Gallen Rhine Valley region 

The eCitaro buses ordered by ZVB and BOS are characterised by their extensive equipment. Passengers benefit from an air conditioning system, 15 double USB ports for their own end devices and three monitors for providing information during the journey. Passengers with reduced mobility will notice generously dimensioned areas for wheelchairs and pushchairs, as well as tactile handrails with ribbed handle profiles on the doors or the contrast-rich interior design. Bus drivers will appreciate the exterior camera for keeping an eye on cyclists and pedestrians. Interior surveillance cameras and a door-closing warning system with red LED light strip and video surveillance provide for added security. 

The eCitaro is fitted with ten battery modules providing a total capacity of 243 kWh which guarantee a range of around 150 kilometres even in difficult conditions. The batteries of the eCitaro buses destined for ZVB and BOS are charged by cable at the depot. 

Zugerland Verkehrsbetriebe (ZVB): leaders in the Zug region 

Zugerland Verkehrsbetriebe AG (ZVB) is the leading mobility provider in the Zug region. On workdays, more than 65,000 people travel on ZVB bus routes – be that to work, to the shops or for their leisure activities. Around 400 employees ensure smooth running of the routes. As the provider of the Zugerbergbahn funicular railway and the two ferry companies on Lake Aegeri and Lake Zug, ZVB also operates daily on water and in the mountains. 

Bus Ostschweiz (BOS): one company, three brands 

The buses at BUS Ostschweiz AG travel under three different brand names: "WilMobil" for the Wil region and the town of the same name, as well as "RTB Rheintal Bus" and "BUS Sarganserland Werdenberg" for the areas between Lake Constance and Lake Walen. More than 220 employees and around 90 buses transport more than 8.5 million passengers over 39 bus routes.

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    Zugerland Verkehrsbetriebe (ZVB) and Bus Ostschweiz (BOS) are now on the road locally emission-free thanks to the fully-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro. The handover of both urban buses took place today.
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    From left to right: Armin Krieg (EvoBus Schweiz AG), Peter Letter (ZVB), Cyrill Weber (CEO ZVB), Frank Scherhag (CEO EvoBus).
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    From left to right: Hans Frei (BOS), Frank Scherhag (CEO EvoBus), Armin Krieg (EvoBus Schweiz AG), Roland Ochsner (CEO BOS).
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    The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro is ideally suited to the inner city and surrounding quarters of the Zug Canton as well as for the St. Gallen Rhine Valley region because it drives locally emission-free and is also almost silent. From left to right: Cyrill Weber, CEO ZVB, Armin Krieg, EvoBus (Schweiz) AG), and Frank Scherhag, CEO EvoBus.