Ten electric buses ie bus by Irizar have been purchased by Voyages Emile Weber group in Luxemburg. Six of them have just been put into service, the others will arrive by the end of 2018.
Irizar ie bus for Luxemburg
These initial six units delivered to Voyages Emile Weber are 12-metre long Irizar ie bus models with two doors. They are equipped with usb ports and the ‘Eco Assist’ system which assists the driver in real time with a view to optimising driving, reducing energy consumption and increasing the bus’s range. These buses will operate on the 290 route which runs between Mersch (Gare) and Luxembourg (Terminus: Badanstalt) between the hours of 5:20 and 23:43. The vehicles are produced in the Irizar e-mobility plant of Aduna, the first of its kind in Europe (we wrote about it HERE). And in the video below you can see Hector Olabe, managing director of Irizar e-mobility, discussing with Sustainable Bus about Irizar strategy in the field of e-mobility.
Irizar electric buses will be charged at night
The Irizar ie electric bus belonging to the fleet of Voyages Emile Weber have a range of over 200 km guaranteeing 16 hours of driving in heavy traffic conditions, affirms Irizar in a press release. The vehicles will be charged at night in the new Bissen depots using six chargers with Combo – CCS2 connectors that have also been supplied by Irizar. The Basque company has decided to establish an exclusive and high-quality after-sales service in the city of Luxembourg, close to the new Bissen depots, which offers personalised R&M packages and is managed by technical experts and locally hired employees, thus helping to create local wealth and jobs.
Six solo and four articulated electric buses
The whole order is made up of six 12 meters electric buses and 4 articulated models, still belonging to ie bus range, the first range of electric buses developed by Irizar. Totally silent and with zero emissions, these vehicles are part of the city of Luxembourg’s commitment to sustainability and improving the quality of the city and the quality of life of citizens. This electric bus model has been operating since 2014 in a dozen European cities with proven battery range, efficiency and reliability.
Electric buses for electrification of Luxemburg mobility
According to the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures of Luxembourg and in line with the conclusions drawn from the Rifkin study, this project marks a new stage in the decarbonisation of public transport. Likewise, François Bausch remarked that the “electric initiative for line 290 is in complete consonance with the government’s policy recommending that, in light of advances in technology, all RGTR buses in Luxembourg be completely zero emissions in 2030”. For the Voyages Emile Weber group, the initiative forms part of the “Empowering Mobility” programme, the goal of which is to electrify mobility. The electrification of line 305 of the RGTR network was completely finished last February. A large number of buses on order(“Ruffbus“) have also been converted to electric and other projects in this area are under way.