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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.

Irizar e-mobility participates in the SUM Bilbao International Congress

Aduna, 6 October 2021

Once again, Irizar e-mobility is sponsoring the second edition of the SUM Bilbao International Congress and they are presenting their experience and technological advancements in sustainable intelligent urban mobility.

The goal of the congress, which is organised by the City of Bilbao and Petronor, is to analyse the challenges and opportunities of urban transport and present success cases from cities around the world.

Irizar e-mobility will be in Bilbao, which is hosting the leading SUM international congress for the second time. The congress is aimed at leaders, institutions and companies. Its goal is focused on debating strategic approaches, exchanging experiences and solutions and collaborating on building the transport of the future with an eye on sustainability, which are themes completely aligned with the Irizar Group's strategy.

The meeting expects to bring together more than 90 experts from five continents who will tackle the most significant topics related with urban transport. They will analyse the challenges and opportunities for cities to consolidate more sustainable transport and present success cases from cities around the world.

Irizar e-mobility will be participating in two talks where they will share their experience with implementing electro-mobility solutions, among the most important of which are turnkey BRT projects in different European cities and getting their autonomous driving project under way.

The organisation also has the ie tram zero emissions electric bus from Irizar, which will be outside the Palacio Euskalduna during the opening session where its technological and environmental advances can be seen.

On 6, 7, 8 and 9 October, residents of Bilbao will also get the chance to see the 12 metre long Irizar ie tram bus, which will be on display across from the Arriaga theatre. The vehicle is designed with Irizar Group technology and it is accessible, connected and equipped with several active security features, visibility features and is prepared for ITxPT protocols that enable interoperability of IT features for public transport.

The Bilbao 2021 declaration will be signed during the congress and Irizar e-mobility will be one of the signing entities and in that way they will show their commitment to building more sustainable models of urban transport.

Sustainable transport is a fundamental factor of the energy transition and achieving SDGs and the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Because of that, Irizar e-mobility continues designing and manufacturing turnkey electro-mobility solutions for sustainable, efficient, intelligent, accessible, safe and connected public transport. Their goal is to reduce polluting emissions, noise pollution and CO2 to create clean cities and improve the quality of life for residents.

EMT Madrid once again places its trust in Irizar e-mobility and increases its fleet by 30 more electric buses

Aduna, 24 September 2021

The Municipal Transport Company of Madrid (EMT Madrid) remains firm in its commitment to electrify its bus fleet and has awarded Irizar e-mobility an order for another 30 electric buses for the fourth time. This latest order means that EMT Madrid will now have a total of 85 zero-emission Irizar buses in its fleet.

Once again, the model chosen is the 12-metre long Irizar ie bus, which has been running on Madrid's roads since 2019; this version is a totally safe, easily accessible zero-emission bus, with proven range and efficiency and includes a wide range of customisable options. 

The vehicles will be powered by Irizar batteries and have 2 doors, 28 passenger seats, 1 driver's seat plus 2 wheelchair areas. Irizar e-mobility will also supply 30 interoperable ECI-100 chargers from Jema Energy (a company belonging to the Irizar Group) with a 100 kW smart charging system, capable of charging the vehicles in three hours using a Combo 2 charging socket. The inverted pantograph charging option is also available. The vehicles will also include a remote monitoring system developed by the company Datik, which belongs to the Irizar Group.

These buses will help fulfil the sustainability goals advocated by the city of Madrid, along with the enormous environmental and noise reduction benefits the buses will bring to the citizens of Madrid.

"EMT Madrid has become a global benchmark in electromobility and we are very proud to be able to contribute to the city's sustainability policy by adding thirty new vehicles to its fleet," stated Imanol Rego, General Manager of Irizar e-mobility.

TMB purchases another 29 Irizar e-mobility zero-emission electric buses for the city of Barcelona

Aduna, 22 September 2021

The public transport operator Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) is once again putting its trust in Irizar e-mobility by buying another 29 new zero-emission buses to be added to its fleet of electric buses.

The units will be added to the thirteen Irizar buses currently operating in Barcelona on line H16, the first fully electric line.   

The order is for 29 articulated ie tram 18-metre buses fitted with opportunity charging pantographs to be delivered in September 2022.

Powered by Irizar lithium ion 150 kWh batteries, the buses charge during travel through rapid charging by pantograph. For safer and more efficient driving, the vehicles will be equipped with driving assistance systems and will also have two digital cameras that project images on screens in the driver´s position, to optimise visibility and safety during driving.  

The buses will help the Barcelona bus system achieve its objectives towards reducing emissions in the coming years, in order to provide increasingly sustainable public transport that has less impact on the environment.

“This is the third consecutive order we have received from TMB for this type of vehicles. We are immensely proud to partner TMB in its commitment to the energy transition and we really appreciate the trust that they are once again showing in our electromobility solutions” says Imanol Rego, Director of Irizar e-mobility.

 With this new order Irizar e-mobility is consolidating its strategy of becoming a key player in smart and sustainable mobility with a commitment to mass public mobility, to reducing the level of polluting emissions, connecting means of transport for better fleet management, improving information to users and introducing new technological developments to enhance the safety and experience of passengers. 

Irizar e-mobility is awarded one of the largest European electric bus contracts for Paris

Aduna, 28 July 2021

Irizar e-mobility has signed an agreement with the RATP (La Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) to supply zero emissions electric buses. It is one of the largest electric bus purchasing projects in Europe.

Irizar e-mobility keeps getting stronger in the French market and Paris will be the next destination for its electric buses.

They will be new generation Irizar ie bus model 100% zero emissions electric buses. In the first two years, Irizar e-mobility will deliver 113 units of that model.

The 12 metre long vehicles will be equipped with 350 kWh Irizar batteries and they will be slow charged in the depot. The electronics, communications and other main components and systems on the buses use technology from the Irizar Group, which has been a pioneer in providing electromobility solutions with a holistic vision for cities.

We're very thankful to the RATP for the trust they've placed in us to renew their fleet of buses. Being able to implement our electromobility solutions in a city like Paris, which is a world leader in electromobility, is a major challenge and we couldn't be more proud. Without a doubt it's a very ambitious project that represents a big step forward in our position in the French market. And it reaffirms our strategy of providing solutions and turn-key services for sustainable, efficient, intelligent, accessible, safe and connected mass transit.”  says General Director of Irizar e-mobility Imanol Rego.

As part of their strategy, Irizar e-mobility will have an after sales service in Paris managed by expert technicians and people hired locally, which will in turn help generate local wealth and employment.

With these silent and environmentally friendly buses, Irizar e-mobility will be contributing to energy transition and reaching the ambitious goals set by the City of Paris. This project is part of the RATP's Bus2025 programme, which is financed by Île-de-France Mobilités whose goal is to make all the buses operated by the RATP electric or biofuel by 2025. With this plan, the RATP's carbon footprint will be reduced by 50% (2015 reference*).

Irizar is staying firmly committed to the French market. In 2016, they put the first 100% electric line into operation in Marseille with six Irizar electric buses. That city has once again put their trust in Irizar to renew their fleet of buses. Three years later the ambitious Amiens project arrived, which was the largest ultra-fast charging electric bus fleet in Europe. That same year Irizar put two more BRT projects into operation in Aix-en-Provence and Bayonne. The most recent contracts closed have been the orders for Orleans and Strasbourg. With this latest Paris order, Irizar is clearly strengthening their leadership in the French market and they are continuing their firm strategic commitment to the brand and personalised projects in France.

Irizar e Iberdrola speed up electrical mobility: Agreement to electrify urban transport and supply green energy

Aduna, 20 July 2021

  • They will work on projects associated with the electrification of urban bus fleets, recycling and reuse of bus batteries and the deployment of smart charging infrastructure.
  • The alliance will also explore R&D programmes, demonstration projects and the development of new technologies in this field.
  • Irizar e-mobility - part of the Irizar Group - manufactures and markets electric buses as part of its commitment to sustainability and the environment.
  • Iberdrola is rolling out a sustainable mobility plan with 150,000 charging points and working with manufacturers to decarbonise the production process of electric vehicles and their life cycle, based on renewable energy.

Irizar, its subsidiary Irizar e-mobility and Iberdrola are ramping up their commitment to electric mobility by signing a framework collaboration agreement to work together on technological innovations in the electrification of bus transport and provide solutions to the immediate challenges of decarbonisation in the field of urban mobility, electrifying bus fleets and incorporating recharging infrastructure.

The alliance began when Iberdrola was commissioned to provide the renewable supply with guarantees of origin (GdOs) at Irizar's factories, with the aim of contributing to the decarbonisation of the life cycle of its buses. The utility will also advise Irizar in all areas that contribute to the sustainability of the group, including energy efficiency projects, self-consumption, etc.

Bus electrification, battery recycling and smart charging infrastructure

The agreement between the companies includes a joint analysis of urban bus fleet electrification projects, demonstration projects, R&D programmes and specific bilateral projects for developing new technologies applicable to electric mobility and the acceleration of electrification in transport.

These projects will involve the electrification of urban transport fleets, the recycling and reuse of batteries from Irizar e-mobility vehicles and smart charging to optimise infrastructure and energy use.

The alliance merges the capabilities and strategies of both companies: Iberdrola is a driving force behind the electrification of transport towards a decarbonised economy, while Irizar manufactures and markets buses and industrial vehicles, as well as charging systems and infrastructures for urban e-mobility.

The two-year agreement will not only explore joint opportunities for electric mobility, but also consider formulas for collaboration on the decarbonisation of the manufacturing group's network of collaborators.

Electric mobility and green recovery

Irizar Group is still steadfast in its commitment to sustainable mobility and leading the transition to zero emissions to improve urban environments. Through Irizar e-mobility, it offers turnkey e-mobility solutions for sustainable, efficient, smart, accessible, secure and connected public transport. The company is continuing to grow with the implementation of its solutions and collaboration and distribution agreements throughout Europe.

In the meantime Iberdrola continues to push its stance on transport electrification as part of its strategy for a decarbonised economy, as a key factor in reducing emissions and pollution, as well as for a green recovery in the post-Covid world.

The company is implementing a sustainable mobility plan, with an investment of 150 million euros, through which it will intensify the roll-out of charging points for electric vehicles in the coming years.

The initiative entails installing around 150,000 charge points in homes, companies and on the public road network in cities, as well as on the main motorways over the coming years. Installing a charging station network

Iberdrola is aware of the need to boost electric mobility in Spain through coordinated, effective action involving the major players. In this regard, the company has already completed more than 50 infrastructure deployment agreements with administrations, institutions, companies, service stations, dealers and electric vehicle manufacturers.

Iberdrola is the first Spanish company to sign up to The Climate Group's EV100 initiative, which has the objective of speeding up the transition to electric vehicles by committing to the electrification of its entire vehicle fleet and streamlining the charging process for staff at its businesses in Spain and the United Kingdom by 2030.

About Irizar

Irizar is a business group with an international presence, which concentrates its business in the passenger transport, e-mobility, electronics, electric motors and generators, connectivity and energy sectors. The Group has seven brands whose products are manufactured in 13 plants in Spain, Morocco, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. It has its own R&D Centre for applied research and technological development of the Group's own products and systems. Founded in 1889, Irizar is a strong group, made up of more than 3,000 people, with sales activities on five continents, diversified geographically and industrially and in continuous growth that is firmly committed to the brand, technology and sustainability.

Irizar, S. Coop is the parent company and its head office is in Ormaiztegi (Gipuzkoa-Spain) which is also home to Creatio, the Group's retail and development centre. Irizar e-mobility  (Irizar Group Company) offers comprehensive e-mobility solutions for cities, both in terms of the manufacture of 100% electric, zero-emission vehicles and the manufacture and installation of the main infrastructure systems required for charging, traction and energy storage. All these are designed and manufactured entirely with proprietary Group technology and with the guarantee and quality of service characteristic of Irizar.

About Iberdrola

Iberdrola is a leading global energy supplier –the third-largest by market capitalisation in the world and the leader in renewables– championing the energy transition towards a low-emissions economy. The group supplies energy to around 100 million people in dozens of countries and has renewable, grid and commercial activities in Europe (Spain, the UK, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and Greece), the US, Brazil, Mexico and Australia, and is growing in markets including Japan, Ireland, Sweden and Poland, among others, as growth platforms. With a workforce of more than 37,000 and assets of over €122.5 billion, it recorded a turnover in excess of €33 billion and net profit slightly exceeding €3.6 billion in 2020. The company contributes to the maintenance of 400,000 jobs in its supply chain, with an annual procurement budget of €14 billion. A leader in the fight against climate change, Iberdrola has committed more than €120 billion over the last two decades to building a sustainable energy model based on sound environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.

AutoMOST wins the ITS award for autonomous and connected vehicles

Aduna, 16 July 2021

AutoMOST has won the ITS Award for autonomous and connected vehicles by ITS España.

The first autonomous Irizar ie bus is the outcome of the AutoMOST project financed by the CDTI through the CIEN programme. Avanza participated in the project as an operator alongside 11 partners, which included the Irizar Group through Irizar e-mobility and Datik.

In February, the City of Malaga and Avanza put the first zero emissions high capacity Irizar brand autonomous bus into service. It is a 12-metre-long ie bus model 100% electric zero emissions bus. It is a pioneering project that involves putting a standard size vehicle on the road in real traffic situations in a city.

The project has two characteristics that make it a significant milestone, which are the capacity to transport passengers and interaction with vehicles, pedestrians and infrastructure in real traffic conditions.

The Polytechnic University of Madrid, Insia, CEIT-IK4 and the University of Vigo also participated. It's a pilot R&D project that started four years ago and finished this year, in 2021, within the projected deadline.

The prize was awarded this Thursday at the gala held at the IFEMA Convention Centre and it acknowledges AutoMOST as the most important project in the country in the field of autonomous and connected vehicles.

This is the second award the AutoMOST project has won. Last year it was awarded the Industrial Development Prize from the IEEE-ITSS (Intelligent Transportation Systems Society).

AutoMOST will be an implementation of shared control systems (dual mode) in future autonomous passenger transport vehicles that makes it possible to operate services in a more flexible and efficient way in a context of smart and connected infrastructures.

This project, which is a major challenge for the Irizar Group, is the first solid step towards the transport of the future, which will be sustainable, connected, safe and autonomous transport.

About Irizar e-mobility

Irizar e-mobility provides comprehensive electromobility solutions for cities, both in terms of manufacturing zero emissions 100% electric vehicles, and in terms of manufacturing and installing the major infrastructure systems necessary for charging, traction, and energy storage, all of which are designed and manufactured using 100% Group technology, with the Irizar guarantee and service quality.

Irizar e-mobility belongs to the Irizar Group, which is a group with an international presence whose business is focussed on the passenger transport, electromobility, electronics, electric motors and generators, connectivity and energy sectors.

About ITS España

ITS España is a not-for-profit association founded in 2002. Their goal is to connect the private, public and academic sectors related with intelligent transport systems to make mobility safer and more sustainable and efficient for different modes of transport. Among other things, ITS is committed to sectorial coordination through committees, organising ITS meet-ups, online publications and training.

Berne and Liechtenstein are the next destinations for the zero emissions buses from Irizar e-mobility

Aduna, 8 July 2021

Irizar e-mobility together with its partner in Switzerland Jebsen & Jessen Industrial Solutions Schweiz AG, continues with the strategy of implementing its electromobility solutions in Europe and is appointed to supply a total of 18 buses with operators Bernmobil and BUS Ostschweiz. 

The Swiss operator Bernmobil (Berne) orders 14 ie bus zero-emissions buses in the 18 metre articulated version. These buses are planned to be used for lines 19 and 21 in the city of Berne in early 2023.

On the other hand, BUS Ostschweiz AG, who was recently appointed to operate lines for LIEmobil for the years to come, has put their trust in Irizar e-mobility to cover the electric service in Liechtenstein by putting four 12 metre 100% electric zero emissions ie bus model buses into operation.

The buses have lithium-ion batteries that have been developed and manufactured at the Irizar e-mobility facilities in Aduna (Gipuzkoa). The other components and systems have also been developed with technology belonging to the Irizar Group. It should also be noted that Irizar e-mobility gives a second life to batteries. They make it possible to reuse batteries after their useful life cycle in buses has ended by using them as storage elements in electric vehicle charging stations.

These Irizar buses - silent and environmentally friendly - are set to become a central part of sustainable mass transit, because they contribute considerably to reducing environmental impact and improving people's quality of life.

Without a doubt, both contracts are a step forward in the Irizar Group's positioning strategy to provide sustainable mobility solutions for the European market.

Irizar e-mobility and Jebsen & Jessen Hamburg Group have renewed their distribution agreement

Aduna, 25 June 2021

Irizar e-mobility will continue to offer its sales and after-sales services for electric buses, trucks and charging infrastructures in the German, Austrian and Swiss markets through Jebsen & Jessen Hamburg Group.

In the picture, the representatives of both companies are in front of the electric bus of our customer VBSH.

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