Irizar wins order for next-generation model of electric buses

Irizar e-mobility’s new generation of its 12-metre electric ie bus – incorporating a range of innovations including weight reduction, optimisation of space, more passenger capacity and new technology batteries – has been ordered by Madrid, making it the city’s third order for Irizar electric buses

Signing the new contract with the Municipal Transport Company of Madrid (EMT Madrid), this is the third time that EMT Madrid has entrusted Irizar e-mobility for the renewal of its bus fleet with electric vehicles.

As well as 20 buses, the contract also includes the supply of 20 interoperable chargers. Both the buses and chargers are exclusively developed and manufactured by the Irizar Group.

The vehicles have a range of 220km (137 miles) and have 2 doors, 28 seats and two wheelchair spaces. They are fitted with technology developed by the Irizar Group in electronics, communications and the main components and systems.

The batteries are also Irizar proprietary technology and meet the latest European rules on electrical, thermal and mechanical safety: R100.v2, R10.v5 and UN38.3.

For charging, Irizar will supply 20 interoperable 100 kW chargers that will charge the vehicles overnight using a Combo 2 plug in charging socket. 

Irizar e-mobility aims to guarantee a quality after-sales service by making its own technicians available at EMT Madrid facilities to provide service for the Irizar electric buses that operate in the city.

Irizar e-mobility GM Imanol Rego says:  “Madrid is being a benchmark city in the electrification of public transport and we are very proud to be part of this  transformation. This is the third time they have trusted our electromobility solutions. EMT Madrid has become our partner in the electrification of the bus fleet. Our relationship with them is based on the trust acquired throughout several successful years of work”.  

The first order that EMT Madrid placed with Irizar e-mobility was in 2017 – for 15 100% electric 12-metre Irizar i2e buses. These buses were put into operation in the capital at the beginning of 2018. In 2019,EMT purchased a further 20 units of the 12-metre Irizar ie bus which were commissioned at the start of this year.

With this latest 20-unit order,Madrid will have 55-zero emission Irizar brand buses. These tried and tested, silent, zero emission buses offer efficiency, safety and make it possible to create better urban environments that contribute to a better quality of life for all citizens. 

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