Irizar of Spain is launching the new generation of its electric bus. In addition to a new exterior and interior design, the ie series is to score above all with reduced weight, increased passenger capacity, new batteries for greater range and shorter charging times.
Launched in 2014 in a 12-metre version, the next-gen electric bus now is available in lengths of ten, twelve, 15 and 18 metres. Irizar also added new batteries that improve the range to an approximate 250km, which is equivalent to around 17 hours of urban operation, according to the Spanish company.
In the new e-bus of Type ie, Irizar offers up to 5 interoperable charging point positions using a combo two connector. Charging time has decreased, and the vehicle can be slow charged in 3 hours. There is also the option of fast charging via a pantograph. The charging capacity can vary from 50 kW to 600 kW.
Irizar has optimised the space as well, achieving higher passenger capacity and improved modularity. The ie can now incorporate some of the company’s tram’s features such as large windows, side lighting or screens above the windows, among others. Customisation also offers the option of replacing the rearview mirrors with cameras that show images on two screens located inside the vehicle on both sides of the driver.
The electric bus also complies with AVAS regulation, although it is unknown how that sounds. In the press release, Irizar also points out better maintenance features as the ie electric bus includes the Group’s full range of technology for its charging, traction and energy storage systems.
Most recently, Irizar and charging infrastructure provider Ibil have concluded a cooperation agreement to give EV batteries a second life. Ibil will use spent batteries from Irizar’s electric buses as stationary energy storage.
While the partners have yet to install any such second-life energy storage system, business has been good for Irizar. Last year, the company opened a new facility in Aduna, Spain, that has a capacity to make up to 2,000 electric vehicles a year reportedly. Besides, Irizar has received orders from all over Europe for its hybrid and electric buses.
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