The Madeira Region is to introduce a 100% electric bus to its streets, thanks to the work of the innovative Civitas DESTINATIONS project. 

 A protocol was signed between the Madeira Regional Government and other regional organisations on 7 December 2017 that will bring the Portugese made electric CaetanoBus to the roads of the Madeira and Porto Santo. The protocol was signed by Pedro Calado, Vice-President of the Madeira Regional Government, CaetanoBus and other regional entities (AREAM, Horários do Funchal, SAM, Moinho Rent-a-car and Electricity of Madeira).

This innovative bus is designed to meet Madeira’s sustainability needs, while also being environmentally friendly. Being electric, it has no CO2 emissions and can carry up to 88 passengers at a time.

The initiative to introduce the bus to Madeira has been developed under the Civitas DESTINATIONS Project – which includes the CPMR as a partner – and is co-financed by the Horizon2020 Programme.

The Civitas DESTINATIONS project aims to develop more than 80 innovative actions and measures to promote sustainable mobility in six touristic island destinations. It is aimed at improving the quality of life of citizens and tourists alike and reducing energy consumption and overall emissions. Electromobility is a core objective of the project promoting EVs for passengers as well as fleets and public transport.

The CPMR is responsible for the Communication & Dissemination WP as well as the operation of the project’s Platform of Followers. The objective of this platform is to invite over 150 Regions and cities to access and share all the major achievements and results of the project.

The project and details of the platform were presented by the project’s Director of Communications, Panos Coroyannakis during the 28 November meeting of the CPMR’s Transport Working Group, held in Brussels.

CPMR Member Regions from all Geographical Commissions of the CPMR are invited to join the platform. Access is free of charge. Interested members can contact: or