Daimler Buses has been presented with three awards at the international specialist show, “Busworld Europe”, which took place this year in Brussels (18 -‑ 23 October 2019) for the first time. An international jury presented the all-electric urban bus bearing the three-pointed star with the sustainability award “Sustainable Bus Award 2020” in the “urban” category. The expert jury for the Busworld awards also recognised the Setra S 531 DT double-decker bus and the Mercedes‑Benz eCitaro by awarding them the “Comfort Label”.
Sustainability award 2020: Mercedes‑Benz eCitaro urban bus wins the competition
In Brussels, the Mercedes‑Benz eCitaro was honoured twice. In addition to the “Sustainable Bus Award 2020” in the “urban” category, the battery-powered regular service bus also received the “Comfort Label 2019”. For the jury comprising representatives from eight European countries, the vehicle currently provides the best solution combining sustainability, comfort and safety. The all-electric bus offers towns and transport operators the opportunity to switch their fleets to locally emission-free driving. Thus this urban bus stands for environmentally compatible local public transport, contributing to air purity and therefore to enhancing the quality of life in inner-cities. Today eCitaro urban buses are already serving regular service routes in cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Oslo and Sweden’s Ystad. For those bus experts who were judging, the eCitaro represents the basis for future further developments with regard to practical operations in regular services.
Advancing the development of low-emission technology
Ulrich Bastert, Head of Marketing, Sales and Customer Services at Daimler Buses, is delighted with the three awards which are a great motivation for overcoming future challenges from the bus industry in the fields of comfort and electromobility with innovative ideas: “We are very proud of this recognition of our products by internationally respected bus experts. The sustainability award, in particular, is an incentive for Daimler Buses to also set the standards in the further development of emission-free technologies in future.”
Setra double-decker bus and Mercedes‑Benz win award for comfort
Thanks to a bright interior with a lot of light and a modern design, the inside of the Setra double-decker bus stands for generous spaciousness. The S 531 DT has now been awarded the “Comfort Label” in the Belgian capital. Glazed on the exterior, the staircases which connect the lower and upper decks are fitted with translucent acrylic panelling on the inside. Even-spaced, bi-colour steps with customised lighting, landings and continuous handrails ensure safety while ascending and descending the staircases.
The eCitaro which is locally emission-free and almost silent also received the Comfort award from the jury in Brussels. The fully electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro brings electromobility for city buses to a whole new level. The new design of the ceiling with its sweeping roof-edge flaps and new interior lighting is striking. Together with the new air circulation system this reduces the interior noise in the passenger compartment and in turn increases comfort.