They will be the first Caetano e.City Gold vehicles to be operating in Germany.
The same operator has purchased 9 articulated electric buses from Irizar and 5 Solaris Urbino 12 Electrics. An order for thirteen 12m Ebusco 2.2 low-floor models has also been placed by Transdev for operation in Frankfurt.
ICB chose the 12m version with three doors offering a capacity of 34 seated passengers. The e.City Gold model is equipped with a 349 kWh battery pack. These buses will be developed to fully comply with all the requirements of Frankfurt Public Transport Authority. Available in 10.7 or 12m, LHD and RHD versions, it is easily adaptable to any urban environment.
The e.City Gold units are part of Caetano’s portfolio of zero-emission vehicles for urban mobility, many of which have already been delivered to several Portuguese cities and recently also to London (see below).
“One primary goal of the City of Frankfurt is to convert urban bus transportation and thus the entire ICB bus fleet to alternative drive technologies by 2030. With the Caetano Bus models, we are adding a new manufacturer to our fleet. We are delighted to be taking a further step towards environmentally friendly, climate-neutral mobility in our city,” said ICB Managing Director Christian Schaefer. The carrier operates a fleet of 162 buses.
Kohei Umeno, Chief Commercial Officer for CaetanoBus, said: “We are very proud to deliver our first e.City Gold units to Frankfurt, a major city that is moving towards a clean and 100% emissions-free urban public transport system. This project represents the first Caetano electric buses in Germany, and CaetanoBus will continue to reinforce its presence in this market as it is one of the European leaders in the decarbonization of bus fleets.”
Caetano Electrics in London
The 10.7m e.City Gold models from CaetanoBus feature low floors and zero-emission heating.
The fully-electric buses also comply with TfL’s Bus Safety Standard specification. Camera monitoring systems replace traditional wing mirrors, and the buses have intelligent speed assist, acoustic vehicle alert system and a revised front design to improve road user safety.
The deliveries mark the first use of Caetano electrics in the UK.