CaetanoBus has been selected as the supplier to deliver five 12m fuel cell buses to Kreis Düren in Germany by the 1st quarter of 2022. The vehicles will be operated by Rurtalbus, a company founded by the RATH Group and the Dürener Kreisbahn (DKB) in 2019 and is responsible for all public bus transport in the district of Düren, in the west of North Rhine-Westphalia (roughly between Bonn and Aachen).
CaetanoBus, a fuel cell bus offensive across Europe
This award represents a significant moment for Caetano as this five hydrogen buses will join the 16 H2.City Gold units already sold in three different cities Germany, strengthening Caetano’s presence and positioning in this strategic European market. The Portuguese company has recently sold its two first hydrogen buses in the domestica market. The bus has been recently tested in Spain by ALSA. Still in Spain, eight vehicles are headed to Barcelona. And it must be mentioned that in December 2020 a strategic alliance was announced between Toyota Europe, CaetanoBus and Finlogin an effort dedicated to the development and production of fuel buses in Europe.
The ordered H2.City Gold units will be equipped with Toyota fuel cell and will offer a drive range over 400 kilometers. The five low-floor vehicles will include several Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) that will support driver’s activity and will help to improve road safety and other features to maximize passengers’ comfort.
«Looking forward to taking the road to a climate-neutral local public transport»
“We are extremely honoured that our H2.City Gold units were selected by Rurtalbus. We are very glad to support this operator towards a more environmentally friendly fleet and we look forward to deliver their first hydrogen buses” said Nuno Carvalho, Sales & Business Development Director at CaetanoBus.
“We are looking forward to taking the road to a climate-neutral local public transport system in the administrative district of Düren. We are quite certain of having found the fitting partner in CaetanoBus to put buses on the road in our district, which will meet the high expectation of our passengers as well as providing our employees with comfortable workplaces in modern climate-neutral buses” said Nik Asbach, Managing Director at Rurtalbus.