A follow-up and a debut. 20 zero emission buses for Madrid and 13 for Vitoria-Gasteiz. Irizar e-mobility secures two orders in the domestic market. What is more, the supply for the capital city will bring to 35 the number of Irizar electric buses in operation for EMT. In the case of Vitoria-Gasteiz, in the Basque country, the agreement includes electric charging systems and maintenance within the city’s Smart Electric Bus (BEI) project.
The last order signed by EMT Madrid concerns the second generation of the 12-meter model, the Irizar ie bus, which features a 10% weight reduction and a new generation of more efficient batteries for fast charging, Irizar points out. The vehicles will be delivered this year 2019. EMT Madrid also ordered 15 BYD 12-meter zero emission buses.
Vitoria-Gasteiz, a full electric bus line coming soon
In the case of Vitoria-Gasteiz, the project includes the implementation of the first 100% zero-emission electric line in the city for which Irizar is collaborating with the construction company Yarritu and LKS, which will carry out the engineering, civil works, signage, communications, etc. Irizar will supply 13 zero emission buses with completely interoperable fast charging and in depot charging systems and maintenance. Seven are 18-metre articulated buses while the remaining six vehicles are 12-metre, both Irizar ie tram models.
Deliveries to start in 2020
The contract also includes the installation of interoperable pantograph opportunity charging stations at two stops along the route, which will allow buses to be partially charged in 4 minutes during their journey. Additionally, completely interoperable in depot smart charging systems, developed and supplied by Irizar, will be installed. The first vehicles will be delivered by middle of 2020.
Irizar ie tram for Spain and Luxembourg
Irizar electric articulated bus is also running in Barcelona for TMB. 14 units have also been ordered by Voyages Emile Weber, in Luxembourg: these will be the first 18 m articulated buses with 525 kWh to operate in night charging mode. This acquisition also includes charging infrastructure and repair and maintenance contracts. Recently, an order has been placed by the Swiss city of Schaffhausen for 15 zero emission buses.
Irizar electric buses are built in the first European plant where a European manufacturer only realize electric vehicles. The plant covers 18.000 square meters of gross floor area on 4 hectars plot, situated in the town of Aduna, Gipuzkoa (close to San Sebastian). Irizar is the first manufacturer of buses to boast a plant focused on emobility and, furthermore, to build the whole electric buses, components included, in house, thanks to the different companies of the group. The inauguration of Aduna’s plant, which happened one year ago, had also been the occasion to present to press and customers from all over the world the first truck manufacturer by Irizar: the ie truck. Electric, needless to say.
Out of Spain, the Irizar Group is also supplying 16 units of the Irizar 12-meter ie tram for the city of Aix en Provence and 10 units of the Irizar ie tram 18-meter for Bayonne, which will be launched in September. Recently Amiens Métropole and Keolis launched what they claims to be “the first electric BRT in France”. The service is operated through 43 Irizar ie tram electric buses on four new rapid transit routes.