Visitor shuttle service at the IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover this year will be provided by two quiet, low-emission Mercedes-Benz buses. A Citaro NGT and a Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid will be in operation to transfer visitors around the exhibition site.
Visitors can experience the capabilities of the latest Mercedes buses with alternative drive systems at first hand. The two low-floor buses will be in continuous operation between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from the first press day on 21 September until the final public day on 29 September, making their way cleanly and quietly along a circular route of the exhibition halls and the entrances to the extensive grounds.
The Citaro NGT with natural-gas drive is well below the strict Euro VI emissions standard and is even quieter and cleaner than the standard Citaro with Euro VI diesel engines. The Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid produces the energy for its electric drive using hydrogen. It is exceptionally quiet and only emits harmless water vapour, i.e. zero local emissions.
During the IAA, the Citaro NGT will be re-fuelled at a public natural gas filling station nearby. To supply energy for the Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid, partner company Linde AG has set up a special mobile hydrogen filling station at the exhibition site.
Both buses have already been in operation elsewhere. The Citaro NGT is part of Mercedes-Benz’ own vehicle fleet and has been used in trial operations across Europe. The Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid has already proved itself as a vehicle for long-term testing in regular service with the Hamburger Hochbahn transport company.