Irizar, its subsidiary Irizar e-mobility and energy supplier Iberdrola are ramping up their commitment to electric mobility by signing a framework collaboration agreement to work together on technological innovations in the electrification of bus transport and provide solutions to the immediate challenges of decarbonisation in the field of urban mobility, electrifying bus fleets and incorporating recharging infrastructure.
The two companies announce they will work on projects associated with the electrification of urban bus fleets, recycling and reuse of bus batteries and the deployment of smart charging infrastructure.
The alliance began when Iberdrola was commissioned to provide the renewable supply with guarantees of origin (GdOs) at Irizar’s factories, with the aim of contributing to the decarbonisation of the life cycle of its buses. The utility will also advise Irizar in all areas that contribute to the sustainability of the group, including energy efficiency projects, self-consumption, etc.
Irizar join forces with Iberdrola
The agreement between the companies includes a joint analysis of urban bus fleet electrification projects, demonstration projects, R&D programmes and specific bilateral projects for developing new technologies applicable to electric mobility and the acceleration of electrification in transport.
These projects will involve the electrification of urban transport fleets, the recycling and reuse of batteries from Irizar e-mobility vehicles and smart charging to optimise infrastructure and energy use, Irizar says in a press note.
The alliance «merges the capabilities and strategies of both companies: Iberdrola is a driving force behind the electrification of transport towards a decarbonised economy, while Irizar manufactures and markets buses and industrial vehicles, as well as charging systems and infrastructures for urban e-mobility».
The two-year agreement will not only explore joint opportunities for electric mobility, but also consider formulas for collaboration on the decarbonisation of the manufacturing group’s network of collaborators.
Iberdrola, 150 million euros invested for charging points
Iberdrola is implementing a sustainable mobility plan, with an investment of 150 million euros, through which it will intensify the roll-out of charging points for electric vehicles in the coming years.
The initiative entails installing around 150,000 charge points in homes, companies and on the public road network in cities, as well as on the main motorways over the coming years. Installing a charging station network
Iberdrola is the first Spanish company to sign up to The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative, which has the objective of speeding up the transition to electric vehicles by committing to the electrification of its entire vehicle fleet and streamlining the charging process for staff at its businesses in Spain and the United Kingdom by 2030.