Daimler Buses expects significant growth in unit sales and earnings
Daimler Buses sold 28,700 buses and bus chassis worldwide in 2017 (2016: 26,200).
The Daimler bus division thus defended its absolute market leadership in its most important core markets: EU30 (European Union, Switzerland, Norway), Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. Revenue increased by 4% to €4.4 billion. The division’s EBIT of €243 million was at the high prior-year level (2016: €249 million).
Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses and Chief Executive of EvoBus GmbH: “Our year 2017 was successful. The market recovery in Latin America made a positive contribution to Daimler Buses’ 9% growth in unit sales. In Brazil alone, we sold 46% more buses in 2017 than in the previous year. In Asia, our unit sales increased by 33% and deliveries of complete buses in Europe were at the high prior-year level. This represents an outstanding performance by our worldwide bus team and we can be proud of it! We are optimistic for the current year as well and expect unit sales and earnings to be significantly higher than in 2017.”
“On the product side, 2018 will be a very special year for us: Today, we are providing a first look at the series-produced version of our fully electric Mercedes-Benz Citaro city bus. The prototype has already completed an extensive cycle of tests and trials, so we are opening up a new era of public transport.”
The first of these vehicles will be delivered in late 2018 and will be put into use in the framework of customer-oriented driving tests. Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH, the public transport company in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Daimler subsidiary EvoBus GmbH in November 2017. Series production of the Mercedes-Benz Citaro with fully electric drive will start at the bus plant in Mannheim towards the end of the year.
The electric Citaro is part of Daimler Buses’ “eMobility” overall system. Before customers purchase a bus, the focus is on expert advice, the so-called e-consulting. Specialists from EvoBus analyse each of the customer’s lines, a simulation program then calculates the electricity consumption for the future electric buses in the system. This consultation results in precise recommendations and calculations of energy consumption, the required charging infrastructure, the recommended power capacity for the depots’ electricity supply, and recommendations for charging management. In the future, a special e-mobility service from the Omniplus services brand will be available for service, maintenance and repairs.
Prototypes of the city bus have already completed an extensive cycle of tests and trials. For example, they have successfully passed through winter trials at the Arctic Circle and summer trials under very high temperatures. The development team focused on thermal management because the energy consumption of a fully electric city bus is decisively influenced by energy requirements for cooling and especially for heating the large interior with doors frequently opening and closing in regular service. The extensive practical tests show that thermal management is one of the outstanding features of the fully electric Citaro. It guarantees exceptional energy efficiency and thus lays the foundation for a practical range for the new city bus.