From December, the first 100% electric, zero-emissions Irizar ie tram buses will operate in Barcelona

Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) and representatives of Irizar e-mobility today officially unveiled four 18-metre long, 100% electric, zero-emissions Irizar ie tram buses at an event that took place in Barcelona's Forum Building.

These buses will begin operating from December on the H16 line (Pg. Zona Franca - Fòrum / Campus Besòs) and will join the two 12-metre long, 100% electric, zero-emissions Irizar ie buses that have been operating in the city since 2014.

These silent, zero-emissions vehicles incorporate Irizar Group technology in terms of electric traction, electronics, energy storage system and communications.

With the appearance of a tram, this vehicle has 4 doors with 36 seats, 1 driver's seat, 1 wheelchair area and 1 pushchair area, and has a total capacity of 147 passengers. The bus requires a 4-5 minute opportunity charge that will take place along the route. It has a pantograph that extends from the roof of the bus and connects to the interoperable charging mast. In addition, it will also require in-depot charging at night.

The Managing Director of Irizar e-mobility, Hector Olabegogeaskoetxea, stated that |we are very proud to be able to present these vehicles four years after Irizar's first electric buses began operating in Barcelona. In addition, these are the first Irizar ie tram 18 m vehicles in real operation.

With this purchase, the Barcelona-based company is tackling the first phase of transforming the H16 line into a 100% electric, zero-emissions route.

Project data

  • Vehicles: Four 18-metre long Irizar ie trams

  • Space for 36 seated passengers (4 spaces for persons with reduced mobility), 1 driver's seat, 1 wheelchair area, 1 pushchair area. Capacity for 147 people

  • 4 doors and electric ramp

  • Rear-view mirrors with cameras

Connected vehicle: Each vehicle will be equipped with USB ports on the handrails for phone charging and Wi-Fi for passengers 

Vehicle charging: interoperable opportunity charge via pantograph and in-depot charging