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Siemens Portugal and CaetanoBus Establish New Partnership for Electrification of the Transport Sector

By November 22, 2020 2   min read  (279 words)

November 22, 2020 |

By 2024, Siemens will supply 650 traction systems for electric buses, powered by hydrogen or using “other technologies in development”

  • Framework contract includes the supply of 650 traction systems for electric buses by 2024
  • Systems are intended for intercity, city buses or for application in logistical infrastructures, such as airports
  • The 160 systems supplied since 2017 saved 3 thousand tons of CO2

Siemens Portugal has established a new partnership with CaetanoBus, the largest manufacturer of bodies and buses in Portugal. The project includes the supply and integration on board, until 2024, of 650 traction systems for 100% electric buses, powered by hydrogen or using other technologies currently under development. These solutions are intended for intercity buses, urban buses, or for application in logistics infrastructures, such as airports.

In 2017, the two companies signed the first framework contract that included the supply of 160 traction systems for electric buses – 40 were installed on buses used in airports and 120 on city buses, which, in total, have already traveled around 10 million kilometers and avoided the emission of approximately 3 thousand tons of CO 2. These electric vehicles, with Siemens traction systems, are in use at several airports and cities in Asia, Europe, and America, as well as in several Portuguese cities, such as Lisbon, Porto, Braga and Aveiro.

For Fernando Silva, responsible for Smart Infrastructure at Siemens Portugal, “the decarbonization and electrification of the transport sector are vital processes so that, worldwide, we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and so that it is possible to combat effectively the climate change. Partnerships like the one we have with CaetanoBus and the projects we have already developed together show that, in different parts of the world, transport systems are already being rethought and adapted to become more sustainable. ”

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