Abellio London has launched its first fleet of fully-electric buses in London. The 34 Caetano e.City Gold zero-emission buses commenced operation on the London routes C10 and P5, helping to improve air quality across south London and supporting the Mayor of London’s commitment to improve the city’s air quality.
The 10.7m-long vehicles incorporate a number of features from TfL’s 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 and vulnerable road user safety. The vehicles also include zero-emission heating.
Caetano says that feedback on the buses so far – from drivers and passengers alike – has been overwhelmingly positive. This is particularly reassuring for the manufacturer as this project marks the first use of its electric buses in the UK, a strategic market where it has been supplying buses and coaches for more than 50 years.
Caetano is providing a maintenance contract as part of the support package for Abellio, as well as fully supporting local delivery of a full aftercare support and spare parts to all Caetano vehicles sold in UK.
Tony Wilson, Managing Director at Abellio London, said: “Abellio is delighted to become the first operator of the Caetano e.City Gold in the UK, allowing the conversion of two bus routes in London to full electric operation. The vehicles have been well received by staff and provide a quality solution for future use as we move to convert the fleet to zero emissions.”
CaetanoBus Sales Director, Kohei Umeno, added: “TfL and Abellio are committed to improving air quality and bus safety in London. We are very honoured to contribute to this forward-looking commitment through the delivery of our electri