The Spanish bus manufacturer Irizar has received an order from Strasbourg for 49 electric buses. The order from CTS (Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois) comprises 49 purely electric 12-meter buses of the new generation.
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The ordered version of the standard bus has three doors, 23 seats (including four for persons with reduced mobility) and two areas for wheelchairs. There will be an electrically extendable ramp for wheelchair users. The first vehicles are expected to be delivered at the end of this year. However, the order volume is not mentioned in the manufacturer’s announcement.
The Spanish company presented the current generation of the ie in November 2019. Irizar offers the ie with lengths of ten, twelve, 15 and 18 meters. The range is expected to be up to 250 kilometres, or, as Irizar calculates, 17 hours of operation. In principle, the ie can be configured with five different positions for the CCS charging socket; a pantograph quick charger is also available on request.
The batteries are Irizar’s own development and are also manufactured in-house, according to the company. The Irizar Group also developed the electronics and communication technology.
In the current news release, Irizar states that CTS has chosen depot charging by CCS. However, there are no further details about the vehicles ordered. For customer service, “technical experts hired locally” will be used, which should increase local added value.
The order from Strasbourg joins a list of orders that Irizar had received from France. The Spanish manufacturer’s electric buses are already in service in Amiens, Bayonne, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Le Havre, and the first electric buses will soon be delivered to Orléans.
Update 13 January 2020: The first electric buses from the order have been in service for a few days. On 11 January, ten electric buses from Irizar served Line 10 in Strasbourg for the first time. They are the first of a total of 49 electric buses that the operator CTA had ordered from the Spanish manufacturer in October 2020. The next 15 of the electric Irizar are to be delivered in February and the remaining 24 by May 2021.
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