Cologne, 3 April 2008:
By purchasing 17 regular-service city buses of the Mercedes-Benz Citaro brand the public transportation operator RVK (Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH) is rejuvenating its fleet. The vehicles were presented on 24 July 2008 at the RVK company premises in Euskirchen by Hansmartin Rosin, the factory delegate for public local transport of the Mercedes-Benz Bus and Coach unit; Eugen Puderbach, Head of RVK; and Dr. Rainer Klein-Lüpke, Head of SVE (Stadtverkehr Euskirchen).
Although the future domain of the new Citaro buses, the district capital of Euskirchen, is currently still far away from the low emission zone for reducing particulate matter figures, the RVK has already had the buses equipped with environmentally friendly EEV diesel engines. "The decision in favour of Mercedes-Benz was primarily based on economic factors, environmentally friendly vehicle technology and emissions standards," explained Puderbach. Dr. Klein-Lüpke added, "As a transport operator we strive to make progress in the efforts to achieve cleaner city-centre services". The EEV (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicles) emissions standard is a designation for diesel vehicles with particularly low emissions based on Blue-Tec Euro 5 engines with an additional diesel particulate filter.