The Spanish bus manufacturer Irizar has received an order for 30 electric buses from Valladolid, Spain. In addition to the 30 Irizar ie trams, the public transport operator AUVASA (Autobuses Urbanos de Valladolid) also ordered corresponding charging infrastructure.
AUVASA expects Irizar to deliver over two years, with the first eleven e-buses due to arrive in Valladolid at the end of 2022. The city opted for Irizar’s 18-metre model that doubles as a streetcar and a bus since it features an inverted pantograph and smart plug-in charging in the garage. Jema Energy, an Irizar Group company, manufactures the system. Valladolid opted for the 630 kWh battery.
“We’re extremely proud of the trust that AUVASA and the city of Valladolid have put in us,” said Txema Otero, Commercial Director for Spain and Portugal of Irizar e-mobility. “They decided to choose the Irizar ie tram. It’s a bus that gives the city a unique appeal at the same time it maximises comfort, accessibility and safety for drivers and passengers.”
The trams for AUVASA have 43 seats, three wheelchair spaces and can transport up to 105 passengers. There is also a multimedia and information system with 29″ screens, USB charging ports and CO2 meters.
The Irizar ie trams are the first zero-emission vehicles of that size to come to Valladolid.
The articulated model is however popular in Irizar’s domestic market. The manufacturer also received orders from other Spanish cities such as Barcelona and Madrid as well as Zaragoza as part of larger tenders. The ie trams are also in service in France and Switzerland.
Irizar has been making electric buses at a dedicated facility in Spain since 2018.
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