“Our new city bus in Europe allows us both to demonstrate complementary technology and engineering capability that is world-class,” states José Ramos, President of Toyota Caetano Portugal, S.A.
“This project will enable cities to rethink their future mobility and enhance quality of life.”
“H2.CityGold will be the solution to achieve decarbonisation without any compromise of bus service and passenger comfort,” states Kohei Umeno, Chief Commercial Officer at CaetanoBus.
Designed by Almadesign, the Caetano H2.City Gold is the new Caetano electric bus powered by hydrogen.
For its eco-friendly and sustainable design, the H2.City Gold won a recent 2021 Green Good Design Award from The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum.
This is an innovative solution that enhances the economic and environmental benefits of hydrogen, moving towards a carbon-free society.
Holding up to 64 passengers, the H2.City Gold stands out due to its modular design, longer range, capacity, comfort, safety and easy use.
The bus is available in LHD and RHD versions with 2 or 3 doors, it easily adapts to any urban environment.
This new bus reinforces CaetanoBus’ commitment to developing solutions for environmentally friendly fleets, thus complementing the existing offer of electric buses.
CaetanoBus becomes the first company in Europe to use Toyota’s leading fuel cell technology.
“Successfully expanding our partnership to Fuel Cells for our new city bus in Europe allows us both to demonstrate complimentary technology and engineering capability that is world-class,” continues Ramos.
H2.City Gold has an autonomy of 400kms on a single refill and this product feature contributes to an achievement of decarbonized society without compromising the operational requirement.
The H2.City Gold offers greater flexibility to the operation as there is no longer the need to stop for charging during long journeys.
In addition, it has superior performance as it eliminates harmful gases, compared with diesel or hybrid buses.
Hydrogen tanks and the fuel cell stack are stored on the vehicle’s roof, to optimize the interior space.
Thus, the H2.City Gold may have different interior layouts, offering a large passenger capacity.
The vehicle is equipped with hydrogen leakage sensors in the fuel cell and hydrogen tanks and crash sensors so that in the event of a leak or accident they cut the hydrogen flow out of the tanks.
By using a color-changing tape it is possible to carry out visual checks for possible leaks in an easy and faster way. Like the 100% electric bus, this model can also be fitted with a wide range of other safety features.
The H2.City Gold is designed to provide a straightforward user experience from the start.
The similarities to conventional vehicles allow for easy adaptation, so driving the H2.City Gold can be a pleasant experience.
The first vehicles were delivered in 2020 and now in Paris, Barcelona, and Dublin.
This is another significant step forward in the development of mobility solutions for zero-emission public passenger transport.
H2.City Gold is the new hydrogen-powered Caetano electric bus. Presenting a high environmental performance with no CO2 emissions, this vehicle takes advantage of the best of Toyota technology and our engineering capacity. The vehicle uses the same fuel cell stack as the Toyota Mirai.
“Thanks to their longstanding relationship with Toyota, their understanding of market requirements and their technical capabilities, CaetanoBus was the ideal partner to start the development of our powertrain sales activities in Europe,” said TME President and CEO Dr. Johan van Zyl.
“I look forward to receiving the first market feedback from this initiative and the expansion of the supply business of hydrogen fuel cell technology,” he added.
Project: Almadesign H2.CityGold Caetano Electric Hydrogen Bus
Manufacturer: CaetanoBus S.A. (SEDE)