Abellio London orders 34 Caetano electric buses for its TfL operation

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The Caetano e.City Gold built to TfL specification for Abellio London. ABELLIO

CaetanoBus will become a significant electric bus supplier for London bus operators with its e.City Gold selected by Abellio for future operation of TfL contracted routes C10 and P5

Abellio has confirmed an order for 34 Caetano zero-emission electric buses to strengthen its fleet 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.

It is a 100% electric urban bus that includes zero emission heating and has been developed by CaetanoBus to fully comply with TfL’s 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 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 bus is part of a wider family of zero emission urban mobility vehicles developed by CaetanoBus, many of which have already been delivered to several Portuguese cities.

The vehicles will operate on two contracts, routes C10 and P5, which Abellio will run on behalf of Transport for London.

Tony Wilson, Managing Director of Abellio London, said: “We are delighted to be working with Caetano on this exciting project to bring their e.City Gold vehicle to the London market.

“The bus will deliver a step change in safety, driver and passenger comfort, whilst allowing Abellio to introduce zero emission electric vehicles to the fleet as we work with TfL to improve air quality in London.”

Claire Mann, TfL’s Director of Bus Operations, said: “Red buses are an iconic and vital piece of London, and they’re increasingly going green. We’re delighted that Caetano has taken advantage of our Bus Safety Standard by incorporating advanced safety features to these new zero-emission vehicles before they are required, and we welcome them back to London’s streets.”

Jorge Pinto, CEO of CaetanoBus, said “This delivery of our e.City Gold to London is a big step towards our commitment to provide a safer and cleaner transport solution to our Customers.

“We are very proud to have been selected by Abellio and to extend our zero-emission product portfolio for UK market.”