The e.City Gold buses “will start operating from March 2020” and are the “first electric Caetano bus in the United Kingdom, reinforcing the brand’s strong presence in this market,” the company said in a statement.

“Abellio ordered the 10.7-metre version of the e.City Gold Caetano that can carry 60 passengers with the full low floor” and “it is a 100 percent electric bus that includes zero-emission heating and was developed by CaetanoBus to fully comply with the most recent TfL [Transport for London] specifications”, the statement said.

Abellio London operates buses in the British capital on behalf of TfL.

The new buses, which will operate on routes C10 and P5, will include “several features of the new TfL bus safety standard, such as camera monitoring systems to replace traditional rear-view mirrors, intelligent speed assistant, acoustic vehicle warning system and a renewed front design to improve the safety of pedestrians/road users,” the group said.

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.”

Since 2018, the company has produced close to 70 electric e.City Gold city buses, including the order from Abellio, which is expected to be delivered in early 2020.

“Next year, CaetanoBus estimates to reach 200 units of these vehicles”, the company said.

Last year, the group had a turnover of €75 million, they said.

The United Kingdom “is a key strategic market for CaetanoBus, to which it has supplied buses for over 50 years”, the company added.