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Irizar electric buses have performed more than 750,000 km and made 60,000 ultra-fast charges in the Swiss city of Schaffhausen

Aduna, 8 July 2022

With this milestone, the Irizar Group finished the commissioning of the ambitious electromobility project where a complete turnkey solution has been supplied.

Since the fast charging infrastructure pantographs in Bahnhoffstrasse Street were installed a year ago, the zero-emission Irizar ie tram buses have been commercially operating all around the streets of Schaffhausen on a daily basis. They have already performed more than 750,000 kilometres and more than 60,000 ultra-fast charging procedures.

As Iñigo Etxeberria, Export Commercial Director of Irizar e-mobility explained during the project closure event, "We would like to thank VBSH and the city of Schaffhausen for the trust they have placed in us. We are very proud to be able to bring our turnkey electromobility solutions to this city. The key for the success of this project has undoubtedly been the close cooperation between VBSH, Irizar Group and all the stake holders involved”.

It is a lighthouse project not only in Switzerland but in Europe. This is the first opportunity charging electric bus system fully zero emission on its entire value chain. As the twelve 600 kW ultra-fast charging stations draw the energy to charge the vehicles from the Rhein river hydroelectric plant (run by the local company SH Power).

VBSH Verkehrsbetriebe Schaffhausen and Irizar e-mobility proved that public transport can be sustainable, efficient, smart, accessible, safe and connected and at the same time, meet the expectations of European citizens.

Project details

The project includes fifteen Irizar ie tram model zero emission electric buses (eight 12m-long and seven 18m-long vehicles), thirteen 600 kW ultra-fast chargers and sixteen charging stations in depots. The chargers have been developed and manufactured by Jema, a company belonging to the Irizar Group.

30 Zero-emissions buses by Irizar e-mobility for Valladolid

Aduna, 27 June 2022

Public transport operator AUVASA (Autobuses Urbanos de Valladolid) has signed a framework agreement with Irizar e-mobility that anticipates 30 Irizar ie tram model zero-emissions buses and charging infrastructure for them. Delivery of those units will be spread out over two years, with the first eleven units to be delivered in late 2022. They will be the first 18 metre long zero-emissions articulated buses to be included in the lines where that kind of vehicle is currently on the road.

This Monday Irizar e-mobility was visited by Óscar Puente, Mayor of Valladolid; Luis Ángel Vélez, Councilman for Mobility and Urban Space of the City of Valladolid; and Álvaro Fernández, Managing Director of AUVASA. During the visit, the members of the City of Valladolid, AUVASA and Irizar e-mobility were able to go over the final details and specifications of the vehicles before starting production of the first units and visit the facilities and production line.

"We're extremely proud of the trust that AUVASA and the city of Valladolid has put in us to start the electric transformation of their fleet. They decided to choose the Irizar ie tram. It's a bus that, because of its modern and innovative design, gives the city a unique appeal at the same time it maximises comfort, accessibility and safety for drivers and passengers. The low CO2 and noise emissions and the great passenger experience make the Irizar ie tram an especially suitable bus for using in urban centres." adds Txema Otero, Commercial Director for Spain and Portugal of Irizar e-mobility.

The vehicles that Irizar e-mobility will provide will be powered by latest generation batteries with a capacity of 630 kWh of on board energy. And they will have a double charging system, consisting of an inverted pantograph and smart plug-in charging in the garage, manufactured by Jema Energy, an Irizar Group company.

With the inverted pantograph charging system, communication between the bus and the charger is established when a bus arrives at the garage and the pantograph is automatically lowered. The system is compatible with practically all electric buses on the market and it makes the daily vehicle charging process easier.

The comfortable interior and innovative equipment of the bus give a feeling of openness and light for passengers and drivers alike. It has 43 seats, 3 wheelchair areas and 4 PRM seats and capacity to transport up to 105 passengers. In addition, it has CO2 metres inside and a multimedia and information system with 29" screens and USB charging ports.

The bus has 4 doors for easy access and fluid traffic both inside and out. And to improve safety and ensure passengers have a comfortable trip the buses will have cameras instead of rear view mirrors that increase forward, side and rear visibility, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), protection for pedestrians and cyclists, and closed circuit television circuits (CCTV) that monitor the cabinet.

The city of Valladolid is showing their commitment to transforming public transport with an innovative choice that is also friendly to residents and the environment. The zero-emissions Irizar ie tram has the environmental benefits of zero CO2 emissions and low noise levels and it guarantees optimal operating costs and range.

Irizar at the Paris European Mobility Expo Trade Fair

Paris, 7 June 2022

Irizar e-mobility will be presenting its zero emissions mobility solutions and its innovation and technology advances at the European Mobility Expo to be held in Paris on 7,8 and 9 June.

It will display one of its flagship vehicles, the 12 m Irizar ie tram, on Stand H9 in Hall 4.  This cutting edge 100% electric vehicle offers passengers a silent, well-lit, safe and pleasant journey experience. 

Its key features include the design, with the aesthetic attributes of a tram, the hubcaps, the rear-view mirrors that have been replaced by cameras that project their images on two screens inside the vehicle on either side of the driver, or the chrome perimeter ring, which runs round the body of the vehicle. The perimeter ring frames the large glass surface of the sides.

This particular vehicle has 22 seats, 1 driver's seat, 2 areas for wheelchairs/pushchairs and it can hold up to 80 passengers. It is equipped with Irizar batteries offering 355 kWh of on board energy, charged by slow charging in depots.

The vehicle on display is owned by Orleans Métropole. The company signed a contract with Irizar e-mobility in April 2020 for the supply of 29 zero-emission Irizar ie tram buses. This agreement was part of Orleans Métropole's strategy for the energy conversion of its bus fleet to a fully electric public transport system.

These buses have been operating on the streets of Orleans since 2022.

In the technology space, visitors will be able to see first-hand a permanent magnet electric motor as well as a battery pack, both using the Irizar Group's proprietary technology.

Consolidation in the French market

Irizar e-mobility is maintaining its major strategic brand commitment and focus on bespoke projects in France. In 2016, it commissioned the first 100% electric line in the city of Marseilles, involving six Irizar electric buses, and this city has now come back to Irizar a second time for the renewal of its bus fleet. Three years later the ambitious Amiens project arrived, which was the largest electric BRT fleet with ultra-fast interoperable charging in Europe. That same year Irizar put two more BRT projects into operation in Aix-en-Provence and Bayonne.

In addition to the orders from Strasbourg and Orleans, another important milestone was reached in the framework agreement signed in July 2021 with the RATP (La Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) for the supply of zero-emission electric buses. It is one of the largest electric bus contracts in Europe.

Latest news

A few weeks ago, Irizar e-mobility signed a new order for 90 electric buses with the Madrid EMT. This latest order means that Madrid's EMT will now have a total of 175 zero-emission Irizar buses in its fleet.

This is the largest order for electric buses awarded to Irizar e-mobility to date and the largest electric bus tender call by the Madrid EMT to date.

These vehicles will be equipped with state-of-the-art Irizar batteries of more than 430 kWh, ensuring optimal range for the buses. They will be charged through an inverted pantograph or using a Combo 2 charging socket. The vehicles will be powered by a 206 kW central motor.

New order for 90 electric Irizar buses for EMT of Madrid

Aduna, 24 May, 2022

Madrid's Municipal Transport Company (Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid - EMT) is continuing to pursue its goal to electrify its fleet and, for the fifth time, it has awarded another order to Irizar e-mobility this time consisting of 90 buses. This latest order means that EMT Madrid will now have a total of 175 zero-emissions Irizar buses in its fleet.

The zero-emissions Irizar vehicles will have latest generation batteries with more than 430 kWh of energy. The traction unit of the vehicles will be a central 206 kW motor.

The buses can be charged using an inverted pantograph or by slow-charging in-depot.  

Madrid's Municipal Transport Company, which has designed ambitious projects to make progress towards electrification, has put their trust in Irizar e-mobility for a fifth time by awarding them an order for 90 electric buses. It's the largest order of electric buses awarded to Irizar e-mobility up to now and it's the largest tender for electric buses by EMT of Madrid to date. The EMT of Madrid will add 175 electric Irizar buses to its fleet with this new order.

In the words of Carlos Sierra, Director of Transport Service at EMT Madrid “The EMT has been electrifying their fleet for several years. Irizar e-mobility has been by our side during the process of technological transformation and in our strategy that will make it possible to have 25% of our fleet being electric in 2025.”

“We're very grateful to EMT Madrid for this new order. We're filled with pride to be part of this enormous project of EMT Madrid, which is a world leader in the electrification of public transport.”  adds Irizar e-mobility Commercial Director Txema Otero.

The new vehicles that will be included in the EMT fleet will be equipped with latest generation 430 kWh batteries from Irizar, which will ensure the buses have an optimal range. The vehicles will be charged using an inverted pantograph or a Combo 2 charger connector. And the traction unit will be a 206 kW central motor.

Individualized tests were done by EMT Madrid to measure the range and efficiency requirements to award the tender. Irizar e-mobility got record results in the test, easily exceeding more than 350 km.

The vehicles will be 12 metres long ie bus models. They will have two doors, 28 passenger seats, one driver's seat and two wheelchair areas. In addition to the environmental benefits of zero CO2 emissions and low noise levels, the buses also stand out because of their design. The operator has chosen to include some aesthetic features of the Irizar ie tram into the fleet, like using cameras instead of rear view mirrors.

Irizar e-mobility will be present at the European Mobility Expo in Paris

Aduna, 13 May 2022

Irizar e-mobility will once again participate at the European Mobility Expo which will take place in  Paris-Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition center from 7 to 9 June. 

This fair will be the perfect setting for Irizar e-mobility to showcase its full range of zero-emission mobility solutions as well as to present its latest advances in technology and innovation.

  • Dates: from 7-9 June 2022
  • Stand: Hall 4 - Stand Nº H9
  • Place: Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles

Irizar e-mobility will once again be at the third edition of Go-Mobility by Mubil

Irún, 27 April 2022

For the third consecutive time Irizar e-mobility will participate in the third edition of the Go-Mobility by Mubil fair, which will be held on 27 and 28 April at the Ficoba fair grounds. The event has become a leading opportunity to see the latest advances in sustainable transport.

The Irizar e-mobility stand will once again be a meeting point and information point for all the latest in current electromobility solutions. And they will present their experiences and technological advances in sustainable and intelligent urban transport. There will be a permanent magnet electric motor and an exhibition battery pack made with the group's technology at the stand.

A 12 metre Irizar ie tram that visitors can test drive around a designated area will be shown outside the fair grounds. The vehicle is designed using Irizar Group technology and it's totally electric, zero emissions, sustainable and efficient, intelligent, accessible, safe and connected.

Furthermore, during the fair Irizar e-mobility will participate in a presentation about the present and future of sustainable transport with an exhibition about their electromobility solutions and European projects. The day before, in the framework of Go Mobility, the InMove Mobility Cluster by RailGroup will be held where Irizar e-mobility will have a speaker participating with a talk about “zero emissions urban industrial vehicles”.

An Industry Leader

Irizar e-mobility's strategy, aligned with sustainability and the energy transition, has been fundamental for the company's 50% increase in activity, which it has done with the clear goal of contributing to reactivating the public transport sector. Irizar e-mobility has become a leader in the sector because of the growing number of electric vehicles on the road in the major European cities, their closeness, and their innovative and technological DNA. Their electromobility solutions are expanding throughout Europe and are on the ground in new countries like Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Liechtenstein, and others.

Irizar e-mobility is committed to turnkey electromobility solutions with the aim of offering sustainable, efficient, accessible, safe and connected public transport. Hence, its active commitment to the environment, the well-being and health of people and to the creation of better urban environments with a special emphasis on reducing emissions, noise pollution, and increasing efficiency, in low consumption that has an impact on lower costs.

The challenges, now generating success in the implementation of electromobility solutions of the Irizar Group, serve as experience on this path towards sustainable and smart urban mobility for the future. 

Bilbobus adds the first Irizar ie tram electric bus to its fleet

Aduna, 11 March 2022

This new Irizar ie tram, a zero emissions electric bus in the style of a tram, is the first of the model to be added to the six electric buses already in the Bilbobus fleet.

The Irizar ie tram stands apart because of its futuristic modern design, making for a distinctive and unique vehicle that gives the city a special appeal while also maximising passenger comfort, accessibility and experience. It's a new concept in electromobility that, because of its elegant and attractive design, zero emissions, low noise and vibration levels and safety characteristics, is especially well suited for using in Bilbao.

The new 12 metre long Irizar ie tram has 43 seats, 2 wheelchair areas and 4 PRM seats. And it can transport up to 75 passengers, which improves accessibility and makes for fluid circulation. Its comfortable interior and innovative hardware give a feeling of openness and light that assure a grand travel experience for passengers and drivers alike.

The bus is powered by latest generation 430 kWh on-board batteries made by the Irizar Group, which guarantees it has enough range to provide the required services all day. The bus will be charged at night in the garage.

The city of Bilbao has taken another step towards meeting its commitments under the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), which puts the well-being of residents at the centre of urban development. The new bus will be used on the 62 line that provides daily service to the San Mamés Arabella San Mamés route, which has 12 stops: Arabella, San Isidro, Zumalacárregui 105, Zumalacárregui / T.Zubiria, Kristo 1, Ibáñez De Bilbao 14, Mazarredo 3, Urquijo 14 / Institutoa, Urquijo / Bizkaia Pl., Urquijo 68, Urquijo 92, San Mamés.

“We're extremely satisfied with having the vehicle in the city. We think it's a value added proposition that brings a new concept of electromobility that unites the environmental benefits of more sustainable, efficient, intelligent, safe and connected urban public transport with the appeal of travelling in a vehicle that gives something to the city and produces an emotional impact that makes you want to take the bus.”, says Txema Otero, Commercial Manager for Spain.

Rheinbahn AG, Düsseldorf, has once again places its trust in Irizar e-mobility by acquiring 8 new units of the 12 meter long Irizar ie bus model

Aduna, January 25, 2022

These vehicles, which will be charged overnight, will have a new generation of batteries and a weight reduction in order to increase passenger capacity and autonomy. 

We are continuing to consolidate our position in the German market, supporting the transition to zero emissions and improving the quality of life of citizens.

Rheinbahn AG is a public transport company in Düsseldorf.  It operates a fleet of more than 800 vehicles (buses and streetcars) and carries around 620,000 passengers a day. One of Rheinbahn's priority goals is to renew its bus fleet with conversion to zero-emission drive technologies, thus making a significant contribution to environmentally friendly mobility in Düsseldorf and the surrounding area.

 

The Irizar Group continues expanding in Portugal and will supply 43 buses and coaches to the city of Guimarães

Aduna, 9th December 2021

The Irizar Group continues expanding in Portugal and will supply 43 buses and coaches to Guimabus, the company that will operate the transport concession in the municipality of Guimarães for a period of 10 years.

Operator Guimabus, from the Vale do Ave Group is acquiring 17 zero emissions Irizar ie bus electric buses and 26 Low Entry diesel Irizar i3 coaches, in addition to nine chargers for slow charging in the garage.

These vehicles will drastically reduce noise and CO2 emissions levels.

The Irizar Group has won the acquisition contract for 43 buses and nine chargers for the urban public passenger transport services for Guimarães.

In total, 17 of the buses are electric Irizar ie bus zero emissions 12 metre long buses, 16 are urban Class I diesel buses and 10 are class II intercity diesel buses, both Irizar i3 Low Entry model that are 12 and 12.75 metres long respectively.

Alongside the electric vehicles nine 150 kWh chargers from Jema Energy (an Irizar Group company) will be provided. The chargers will be installed in the garages for charging the buses at night.

One common characteristic of all the buses is that they are equipped with a low floor and PRM platform for passenger accessibility and they have a space inside reserved for PRM, in addition to fire extinguishing systems.

In addition to the buses providing the environmental benefits of zero CO2 emissions and low noise levels, especially the electric ones, they stand apart because of their modern attractive design and because comfort, accessibility and safety are maximised. These vehicles will completely renew the current fleet of the Guimarães urban and municipal services and drastically reduce emissions levels.

All the vehicles will be delivered this year.

The Irizar Group is thus gaining ground and consolidating their presence in Portugal in the occasional, intercity and urban markets. Bigger every day, small and medium companies are choosing Irizar with complete confidence.

Guimarães is a Portuguese city and municipality in the Braga district and its historic centre surrounded by walls has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. It is a city with a rich medieval history and it has a large number of building full of character from that time, which makes it a perfect tourist destination.

GUIMABUS is the company that runs the mass transit services for travellers in the municipality of Guimarães. It is led by the Salgado family and it belongs to Grupo Vale do Ave. Their strong commitment to modernising and electrifying their fleet means progress for the city that will connect passengers and visitors in a cleaner, more efficient and safer way.

Technical specifications of the buses:

17 zero emissions electric buses from Irizar e-mobility

  • 12 metres long with two access doors.
  • 1 PRM space.
  • Maximum seating capacity up to 40 seated passengers.
  • 434 kW of on-board energy, Irizar batteries.
  • Slow charging.

9 chargers from Irizar Group (Jema Energy)

  • Eight 2x75 kW CCS Combo II chargers.
  • One 1X150 kW CCS Combo II charger.

16 Irizar i3le urban buses

  • 12 metres long, Class I.
  • MAN C2LE Euro6D chassis with 250 CV.
  • Capacity for 41 people seated.

10 intercity Irizar i3le buses

  • 75 metres long, class II.
  • MAN C2 Euro6D chassis with 290 CV.
  • Capacity for 45 people seated.

Strategically, the Irizar Group is committed to battery and fuel cell technologies to achieve zero emissions. The Group's short-term technological road map addresses the development and manufacture of coaches, especially vehicles that travel long distances between refuelling stations and are powered by hydrogen fuel cells. This technology will gradually be extended to the rest of the Irizar Group's range of vehicles (buses and vehicles for urban applications).

Technology is key and the Group's positioning strategy involves promoting innovation and the creation of its own high technology in strategic sectors with the aim of providing pioneering solutions that successfully anticipate the challenges of the future. The ultimate goal is to achieve a positive impact on the creation of wealth and employment,  as well as on the development of society and the economy. 

 

The Irizar Group presents its innovative electric truck at the Solutrans international trade fair

Lyon, 16th November 2021

The Irizar Group will present the innovative electric Irizar ie truck at the Solutrans international trade fair in Lyon EuroExpo from 16 to 20 November.

The Irizar ie truck is a sustainable zero-emission truck, designed by the Irizar Group in response to the needs of cities and urban environments, without generating atmospheric or noise pollution. A truck designed for sustainable and intelligent cities due to its excellent energy efficiency and optimal operating costs.

The three-axle chassis version with the necessary information on the technological solutions developed and manufactured by the Irizar Group is exhibited at stand no. 14 in hall 5, allée A.

Outside of pavilion 4.2, PB car park, there will be the Irizar ietruck that visitors will be able to try and test. This is a rear body vehicle in an electric version with a CNG compressed natural gas range extender. This allows circulation in the city in electric mode, and makes it possible to extend autonomy and extend working hours with an engine that runs on natural gas.

Energy efficiency, safety, accessibility, versatility, performance and environmental benefits are some of the most significant qualities that define this vehicle. The design, the undisputed icon of all Irizar brand products, is another of its main characteristics.  The result is a vehicle with a groundbreaking, attractive and accessible look.

The Irizar ie truck has been designed for manoeuvrability and load capacity, incorporating cutting-edge solutions that make it suitable for a range of industrial uses in cities and metropolitan areas.

The Irizar ie truck is a European technology product, with electric traction, energy and load storage, thermal management and control electronics developed by Irizar Group companies. The synergy between them  enables them to offer a range of options and versions adapted to current and future industrial needs in urban environments.

Solutrans is therefore the perfect context for the Irizar Group, with 132 years of experience in the bus and coach manufacturing sector and more than 10 years in the electromobility sector, to exhibit all its new sustainable vehicle innovations for urban services and metropolitan areas and to show the different applications available to the market.

Designed for sustainable cities

Zero emissions and silent

The Irizar ie truck is the first fully electric zero-emission truck developed by the Irizar Group exclusively for cities and their metropolitan areas in order to meet multiple applications and industrial needs. Due to its zero emissions and low noise level, it is an ideal vehicle for  cities and urban environments. Its energy consumption is 75% lower than a conventional truck and its low noise, pollutant and CO2 emissions make it an ideal vehicle for work during the day or night, even in low-emission metropolitan areas.

Safety first

A safe working environment for operator and pedestrians

Safety has been essential in the development of the driver's cabin, where ergonomics and an optimum field of vision are priorities.

The low-floor cab and right-hand door have been developed exclusively to provide maximum safety in urban manoeuvres. It has a single 370 mm access step, guaranteeing safe passage for the driver and crew. This makes it the vehicle with the lowest entry height on the market.

It can accommodate a total of four people, with three folding seats for the crew. The low position of the driver's seat and the wide front and side windows provide the driver with an unbeatable panoramic view of the road, cyclists, pedestrians and other users, facilitating interaction and eliminating blind spots.

Comfort is enhanced by the spaciousness, accessibility and ergonomics of the commands, LED lighting, controls and dashboard display.

It incorporates a pneumatic right-hand pivoting door with rapid inward opening, which, in addition to guaranteeing direct exit to the hard shoulder and preventing encroachment on the road, allows workers to pass through any type of obstacle on the road safely and quickly. This door also features anti-trap sensors, a photocell and a sensitive edge on the leaf to avoid any type of unforeseen event in fast-moving situations.

The Irizar ie truck is also equipped with the latest active safety technology. In addition to stability control, the integration of the camera and the front radar sensor allows for lane change detection (LDWS), alerting the driver in the event of unintentional vehicle deviation. It also incorporates Emergency Brake Assist (AEBS), which activates the emergency brake if the vehicle moves too close to the vehicle in front and the driver does not react in time. Creepage functionality provides the driver with automatic start/finish assistance, both on level ground and on steep hills. This allows the driver to focus on the surrounding traffic and avoid complicated pedal and paddle manoeuvres.

As an option, camera mirrors can be fitted for optimum and clear visibility even in unfavourable conditions. Warning and alert systems for obstacles, people or vehicles in blind spots or those with poor visibility are also available.

In other words, the aim is to guarantee safer driving, but also to protect the most vulnerable road users, focusing on the quality of life of citizens. The Irizar ie truck is an ideal vehicle to operate in residential areas, among cyclists, pedestrians without

creating any kind of noise, pollution, or other disruptions to quality of life that fuel trucks have historically been responsible for in cities and villages."

A reliable truck

Durability, performance and safety tests

The first units were manufactured in 2018, since when reliability, performance and safety tests for the driver, users and pedestrians have been carried out continuously.

Traction systems, energy storage, thermal management and other elements and components have undergone constant testing with progressive validation programmes at every stage of the vehicle's design, applying the most cutting-edge technologies and methodologies to obtain the most accurate and reliable results. The powertrain has been tested on an INSIA test bench (UPM, Madrid).

Crash tests have been carried out to analyse the response of the passenger compartment in an accident, thus guaranteeing the safety of the driver and other operators.

The Irizar ietruck has also been exposed to demanding fatigue road testing in Idiada AppPlus. These tests simulate the entire life of the vehicle to ensure optimum durability and reliability in the most severe conditions.

However, the ultimate test has been to see this truck operating in real-life waste management duties (including trials on the bin loader and compactor systems) across at least 15 cities throughout Europe.  The good results have led to the series production of the first ten commercial vehicles, also intended for collection.

Manoeuvrability and load capacity

Objectives from the outset

The axles, suspension and steering are custom-desing to prevent the ie truck having too large a turning radius (an issue that can arise with low-floor cabin trucks) and enabling a greater manoeuvrability performance and to reduce the number of manoeuvres in difficult turns.

The truck has a large load capacity and great flexibility to accommodate any type of bodywork, as it allows a greater weight distribution. All of this makes it the most advanced solution on the market.

The suspension of the Irizar ie truck has automatic levelling (ELC) and provides special functionalities for different applications: optimal adherence of the drive axle at all times; correct distribution of axle loads; automatic levelling to ensure the optimal driving height at all times; assistance in departure or starting to drive in the most slippery situations; different working heights of the suspension, which can be tailored to customer needs, etc.

Designed for different industrial uses

The Irizar ie truck has been designed to offer flexibility and versatility in the integration of both the chassis and the cab. With just a few adjustments to the powertrain and adaptations to the different bodywork available on the market, this vehicle can be used in unlimited applications, such as logistics, sweeping, cement mixing, crane or other urban work. The Irizar Group is currently able to offer vehicles for all types of containers, for dry and refrigerated distribution, for fuel and food in tanker trucks, for transporting people with reduced mobility and platform cranes.

The three-axle, 6x2 version has a load-bearing capacity of up to 18 tonnes.

Waste collection

The first application developed is waste collection management and the first field-tested applications were in the collection of urban solid waste, as this is the most challenging type of heavy road vehicle to engineer, not only due to the need to drive on all types of wide or narrow, flat or sloping roads, with frequent stopping and starting motions, but also because the bodies of this type of application subject the chassis to very high stresses when lifting the containers and compacting the waste. Thus, the energy demand of this type of bodywork is one of the highest in terms of truck applications.

Competitive operating cost

The Irizar Group's innovative truck has been designed to maximise uptime and operating efficiency. Thanks to the technology it incorporates, it has fewer mechanical components than equivalent internal combustion engine vehicles and contributes 75% less energy consumption than a conventional vehicle.

As mentioned above, it offers the possibility of incorporating a CNG range extender that allows it to extend its range in areas outside cities while the batteries are recharged thanks to the built-in generator.

The vehicle has a regenerative braking function, so that the vehicle's kinetic energy is used to its full potential. 

A walkway behind the driver and passenger seat allows easy access to components for quick inspections or longer maintenance, and the cab side panels can be opened if necessary for access. In any case, this eliminates the need to tilt the entire cab forward to access maintenance, as occurs in all conventional cabs.

 Thus, the Irizar Group proposes a total operating cost equivalent to or lower (depending on the type of operation/application) than that of the equivalent diesel vehicle, which means that fleet operators can enjoy the best combination of profitability and sustainability, representing an additional incentive to electrify the vehicle fleet.

In-house technology and European know-how

The Irizar ie truck incorporates comprehensive and independent pioneering technology developed by the Irizar Group companies and already used for electric buses in electric traction, energy storage and control electronics, as well as the rest of the systems supplied.

The innovation and knowledge provided by the Group's companies are the bases on which Irizar promotes sustainability and mobility in cities. The Irizar Group's technological capacity and its collaboration with the best research centres have enabled the development of this top-level industrial vehicle, with turnkey services and solutions, positioning the Irizar Group at the forefront of European technology.

Traction motor

The motors are developed and manufactured by Alconza, a company dedicated to electric motors and generators for the marine, hydraulic generation and industrial sectors for special uses. Synchronous permanent magnet technology is used, as they yield the biggest torque and power density figures. The powertrain is compact and light, thus saving on space and weight.

The electronics (ECU) that control the motor and inverters are developed by Jema Energy, which specialises in high-end power electronics.

Irizar energy storage and management

In-house battery packs

The energy storage and management solutions developed and manufactured at Irizar's facilities in Spain are designed to meet the needs of the current European market and provide the best solution for each operator's requirements.    

They comply with the latest European electrical, thermal and mechanical safety regulations: R100.v2, R10.v5 and UN38.3 and are highly recyclable.

NMC (lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide) cells are used in the ie truck's batteries, due to their high energy density and power density relative to other chemistries, in addition to their high number of cycles, thus helping to minimise the number of pack replacements needed over the 8-10 year lifetime of each truck.

Charging options

The Irizar Group offers different charging options to respond to different customer conditions, both in terms of power limitations and space and operational restrictions: charging by plug-in or pantograph in depots, charging by roof-mounted pantograph or inverted pantograph en route.

All these solutions are interoperable in accordance with ISO 15118, DIN70121, OCPP 1.6 CE mark, EMC. 61000-6-2, 61000-6-4, IEC 61851 and IEC 61000.

It also offers the intelligent charging system: a control centre that efficiently manages all charging conditions/restrictions in the garage and identifies the different charging needs of each vehicle in order to optimise the total power required.

With the Irizar ie truck, the charging possibilities have been optimised so that operators can carry out agile charging. The option offered is through type 2 CCS 80 kW fast chargers that replenish 350 kWh in just over four hours. However, a wide range of charging systems is available, from 20 kW chargers to 50, 100, 150 and 250 kW.

For the most energy demanding applications, there is also the possibility of a range extender that allows the work task to be extended with an engine running on compressed natural gas. This technology allows the vehicle to work in 100% electric mode in urban centres and, once outside, to recharge the battery in order to be ready to drive in full electric mode when coming back to the city center.

Platform configurations

The Irizar ie truck is currently available in two versions: a four-wheeled, two-axle truck with a maximum weight of 10.5 tonnes, a battery capacity of up to 340 kWh (offering a range of up to 250 km between charges) requiring up to 2 hours' charging time on a 150 kW input, and a 160 kW electric motor.

The other is a six-wheel, three-axle truck powered by a 240 kW e-motor, with the same range between charges enabled by battery capacity of 340 kWh (with a 3 hour charge time at 150 kWh). Both trucks are notably constructed with low-floor with a cabin access step 37 cm off the ground, and a top cabin height at around 366.5 cm.

Either model can come with a fully-electric powertrain or with a hybrid-electric range extender.

In addition to these two configurations, which are already available, the Irizar Group has designed a four-axle truck to handle larger and heavier loads to cover more urban applications in the future.

Turnkey services and solutions

Because the Irizar Group uses proprietary technology, it can offer fully customised turnkey projects, designed and created to meet the needs of its customers. From a study and analysis of the needs, through to the personalised vehicle proposal and technology to be incorporated, charging solutions, as well as predictive maintenance.

It also enables systems to be updated, to ensure the maximum the service life of each vehicle, thus optimising the value of its assets.

The Irizar ie truck sales and after-sales service is organised through the Group's worldwide subsidiary and distributor network.

The Irizar service provides customised solutions, designed and created to offer the best in technical assistance, such as a 24 x 7 x 365 comprehensive repair, overhaul and maintenance service 24.

In addition, the operator will have an exclusive after-sales and warranty service in the cities where electromobility solutions are incorporated with customised R&M (repair and maintenance) packages. A service that is comprehensively and centrally managed by technical experts and locally recruited staff, thus contributing to the generation of wealth and local employment.

The quality of the Irizar service starts from the launch of the project: the customer will be accompanied throughout the life of the project, offering a comprehensive maintenance service for vehicles and infrastructure.

The service network continues to expand and it is currently possible to locate an approved Irizar warranty workshop in all the places where the vehicles operate.

Irizar ie truck and the Irizar Group

More than a century of experience and the technological capacity of seven companies

The global vision of the electrification of cities, the experience of more than a century in automotive engineering, the synergies with charging infrastructures and bus and coach systems and components, together with the technological capacity generated in the Group, has enabled the range of products to be extended to industrial vehicles for cities.

Irizar is a business group with an international presence that operates in the passenger transport, electromobility, energy, electronics, electric motors and generators and connectivity sectors.

The Group consists of seven Spanish companies (Irizar, Irizar e-mobility, Alconza, Datik, Hispacold, Masats and Jema) with a total of 13 production plants in Spain, Morocco, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa, in addition to 22 of its own international companies and its own R&D Centre whose objective is applied research and technological development of the Group's own products and systems.

Founded in 1889, the Irizar Group is today a solid group, with more than 3,000 staff, geographically and industrially diversified and constantly growing. It is firmly committed to the brand, technology and sustainability.

Strategically, the Irizar Group is committed to battery and fuel cell technologies to achieve zero emissions. The Group's short-term technological road map addresses the development and manufacture of coaches, especially vehicles that travel long distances between refuelling stations and are powered by hydrogen fuel cells. This technology will gradually be extended to the rest of the Irizar Group's range of vehicles (buses and vehicles for urban applications).

Technology is key and the Group's positioning strategy involves promoting innovation and the creation of its own high technology in strategic sectors with the aim of providing pioneering solutions that successfully anticipate the challenges of the future. The ultimate goal is to achieve a positive impact on the creation of wealth and employment,  as well as on the development of society and the economy. 

 

Irizar e-mobility strengthens its position in Bulgaria with a new contract award for Stara Zagora, a city in the centre of the country

Aduna, 12th November, 2021

 Irizar e-mobility has been awarded a new order for 33 electric buses for the city of Stara Zagora, in the centre of Bulgaria, strengthening its position in the country.

They are the first 12 metre-long Irizar ie bus model electric buses to be included in the fleet of the city's municipal operator. The operator's choice to include some visual features from the Irizar ie tram in the fleet makes the buses stand out with a modern and innovative design and makes for an attractive and distinctive vehicle that maximises comfort, accessibility and safety for drivers and passengers.

The Irizar ie bus is an electric bus with environmental advantages, including zero CO2 emissions and low noise levels that ensures optimal operating costs and range.

The vehicles, with a capacity to transport 77 passengers, are equipped with 26 seats, a wheelchair area and four PRM seats. Moreover, they have three  doors for a better accessibility that allows fluid circulation in the interior.

The design of the buses' interior is distinctive because of its innovative equipment, as well as a range of amenities and choices that improve the space, providing a sense of openness and luminosity that ensure a wonderful travel experience for both passengers and the driver alike. For example, the glazed side panels and USB charging points, or the folding windows and transparent seats that increase light reflection, among other features.

To increase passenger safety the operator provider opted for a video surveillance system and an eCo3 air purifier that creates an environment free of viruses, micro-organisms, bacteria, germs, allergens and dust particles.

This order, second most important one from the country, comes on the tails of the one for the city of Burgas and confirms Irizar e-mobility's strong position in Bulgaria.

First Irizar e-mobility electric buses unveiled in the city of Burgas in Bulgaria

Aduna, 22th October 2021

 The headquarters of the operator BurgasBus was the site of the public presentation of the zero emissions buses that are being put into operation in Burgas.

It is the first electromobility project in the city of Bulgaria.

Two innovative latest-generation zero-emission buses from Irizar e-mobility were in their very best suits for the presentation.

On Wednesday 20th of October, the headquarters of the operator BurgasBus was the site of the public presentation of the zero emissions buses and their charging infrastructure, that are put into operation in the city of Burgas, its first electromobility project.

 The event was attended by the esteemed Mayor of Burgas, Dimitar Nikolov, Alejandro Polanco, Ambassador of Spain in Bulgaria, Roberto Ruiz, Economic and Trade Conselor of ICEX and other representatives and authorities, in front of a large audience of expectant citizens. The two 12 and 18 metre recently delivered electric vehicles that were displayed, sported the blue colour and the features defined by the operator, which identify the city.

It is worth remembering that for this first electromobility project of the city, the operator, BurgasBus, awarded thirty-four 12 metre units and ten 18 metre units, in addition to 44 interoperable ECI-100 chargers from Jema Energy (an Irizar Group company).

The zero emission Irizar buses will join the fleet of BurgasBus operator and in addition to providing the environmental benefits of zero CO2 emissions and low noise levels, they stand out for their modern and attractive design, since the operator decided to incorporate some aesthetic features of the Irizar ie tram, generating a distinctive vehicle that maximises comfort, accessibility and safety.

These vehicles are equipped with PRM and wheelchair solutions to facilitate accessibility and to allow fluid circulation in the interior.

The interior design of the buses is distinguished because of its innovative equipment and a range of amenities and choices to enhance the passenger compartment space, providing a feeling of openness and brightness that ensure a great travel experience for both passengers and driver, such as the glazed side panels.

Burgas is the fourth largest city in Bulgaria. The strong commitment they're making to electrify their fleet of buses will be a large step forward for the city and it will connect destinations and visitors in a cleaner and more efficient way.

“It is an honor for Irizar to be at this first electromobility project inauguration. A commitment to the energy transition and sustainability, and the reduction of CO2 emissions and low noise levels that has been led by the Mayor's Office, and the Burgas public transport company. We are very proud of the opportunity to be for the first time in Bulgaria with our own technology made in Europe and in this wonderful city of Burgas with this innovative and emblematic project. Burgas thus joins Paris, London, Schaffhausen, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and a long list of cities with Irizar group electromobility turnkey solutions” estates Imanol Rego, General Director of Irizar e-mobility.

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