The German operator In-der-City-Bus GmbH (ICB) has ordered the Caetano e.City Gold for Frankfurt public transport system. The carrier, subsidiary of Stadtwerke Frankfurt am Main group, signed a contract for two vehicles whose delivery is scheduled for late 2020. They’ll be the first Caetano e.City Gold to be running in Germany. The same operator has purchased 9 articulated electric buses by Irizar and 5 Solaris Urbino 12 Electric. In Frankfurt also Ebusco vehicles will be represented.
ICB chose the bus by Caetano as a 12 meter 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.
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, where 34 units have been delivered.
“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.”