In December 2017, Madeira hosted an electric bus demonstration developed under the Civitas Destinations Project, co-financed by the Horizon 2020 Programme, with the coordination of AREAM and the partnership of three bus service operators and the Regional Government of Madeira. The test was undertaken with the e.City Gold, a 100% electric urban bus developed in Portugal by CaetanoBus.
The test aimed to evaluate the technical feasibility of the operation of electric buses on the island of Madeira and Porto Santo, and to support local actors in defining a strategy for the decarbonization of the bus service sector.
The demonstration showed that the electric bus is technically feasible, cost-effective and environmentally more favourable in relation to Diesel and natural gas fuelled buses, and have suitable power and torque for the required demand and road slopes in Madeira.
In short, the electric bus saves 86% in energy costs (about 50 EUR/100km) and has 75% less CO2 emissions (about 130 kg CO2/100km) compared to Diesel buses. Over a period of 20 years, it was found that the additional investment compared to a Diesel bus, is recovered in less than seven years. For more information, watch the video «e.City Gold electric bus experience in Madeira and Porto Santo – Civitas Destinations» on Youtube.