FIRST CAETANO ELECTRIC BUS ORDER FOR THE UK
Portuguese bus builder Caetano is to deliver 34 zero emission electric buses to Abellio in London. The new buses will enter service from March 2020. This will be the first Caetano electric bus for the UK, reinforcing the already strong presence of the brand in this market. Abellio has ordered the Caetano e.City Gold in 10.7m form that offers a capacity for 60 passengers with complete low floor throughout.
The United Kingdom is a key strategic market for CaetanoBus, where it has been supplying buses and coaches for more than 50 years. Caetano e.City Gold is a 100% electric urban bus that includes zero emission heating and has been developed by CaetanoBus to fully comply with TfL’s (Transport for London) latest specification. In addition, the new buses will include a number of features from the new TfL Bus Safety Standard such as a Camera Monitoring Systems from Stoneridge with a screen displaying the view from the driver’s cab, to replace traditional wing mirrors, Intelligent Speed Assist, Acoustic Vehicle Alert System and a revised front design to improve pedestrian/vulnerable road user safety.
The vehicles will operate on two contracts, routes C10 and P5, which Abellio will run on behalf of Transport for London. Battery storage operator, Zenobé Energy, is to collaborate with Abellio to help power the vehicles. Siemens charging equipment is to be used.
Abellio London bus operates bus services across London on behalf of Transport for London, plus rail replacement and event services across the UK. It operates over eight per cent of London bus network, running 700 vehicles and employing 2,500 staff across 6 depots in Central, South and West London.
Abellio UK is a transport operating group with offices in Glasgow and London and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways).