German operator In-der-City-Bus GmbH (ICB), a subsidiary of Stadtwerke Frankfurt am Main, has placed an order for two Caetano 12m low-floor electric buses to be delivered later this year. These will be the first Caetano e.City Golds to be sold in the country, strengthening Caetano’s presence and positioning in what it says is a strategic European market.
ICB has specified the e.City Golds with three doors offering a capacity of 34 seated passengers. The 100% electric buses will be equipped with a 349kWh battery pack providing a range of more than 200km.
The e.City Gold is part of Caetano’s portfolio of zero-emission vehicles, many of which have already been delivered to several Portuguese cities and recently also to London.
“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 CaetanoBus 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.
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 decarbonisation of bus fleets.”
ICB operates a fleet of 162 buses, including several electric buses, and carries over 31 million passengers each year.