German automaker Mercedes-Benz Group AG is set to start assembling its most memorable electric bus in Brazil in November and December. As requests fill in Latin America’s biggest economy, a major said on Wednesday.
The organization sees interest for electric bus in Brazil to reach 3,000 vehicles by 2024, its bus deals and promotion chief Walter Barbosa said in a news meeting, transporting a little over 1,000 in 2023.
Most vehicles will operate in Sao Paulo as the city is expected to have 2,600 electric buses by 2024.
Mercedes-Benz’s 84-traveler electric bus is known as the EO500U and has a range of 250 kilometers, Barbosa said, noting that 100 million reais ($18.62 million) was put into the undertaking.
The vehicle will be fitted with two motors, which will took between 2.5 to 3 hours to reactivate. Mercedes-Benz did not specify how much the electric bus would cost. Yet, said the cost should be between 3 and 3.5 times more than the typical diesel-powered bus.
Taking into account the general transportation market in Brazil, Mercedes-Benz said it expects all deals to reach 17,000 to 21,000 units this year. Depending on how automakers deal with the continuing car parts shortage. Huh.