Bucher Municipal received the GOLD award at the German Design Awards 2023 for the electric sweeper CityCat VR50e. Winning one of the most prestigious awards in various industries is a recognition of the Swiss manufacturer’s innovations. Bucher equipped the new machine with its battery-based technology, creating one of the most efficient street cleaning machines in the world.

The newly designed cabin of the sweeper can accommodate three people, featuring fully glazed doors and a front section, providing maximum comfort and an overview. The operating concept has been adapted to that of compact sweepers. Operators have freedom of action over functions and absolute control over the entire machine, thanks to the integrated Smart-Con armrest and the CSense touchscreen.

The jury’s statement:

Bucher sets standards in terms of performance and design with its new fully electric sweeper for urban cleaning. In addition to remarkable energy efficiency and maneuverability, the cleaning process is designed to use as few resources as possible to deliver maximum performance. The sweeping machine is also impressive due to its cabin, which is spacious, designed for three people, ensuring optimal visibility all around. Furthermore, the sanitation equipment is equipped with ergonomic seats that, combined with user-centric intelligent operability, provide a high level of comfort for operators. The fact that the sweeper promises a significant cost reduction due to its design concept makes the purchase particularly attractive for cities and municipalities.

German Design Award

The awards are presented by the German Design Council, one of the highest authorities in Germany that focuses annually on innovations in the German design industry. Established at the initiative of the German Bundestag (the lower house of the German parliament) as a foundation in 1953, the council supports the industry in all aspects aimed at consistently generating brand added value through design. Consequently, the German Design Council is one of the most important competence centers in the world for communication and brand management in the field of design. The exclusive foundation member network includes, in addition to designers and design associations, especially owners and brand managers of numerous renowned companies.