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The Irizar i3 - its first 100% electric city bus

20. Jul. 2014
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The Irizar i3 - its first 100% electric city bus

20. Jul. 2014
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The Irizar Group, a global reference in the passenger transport sector, takes a new step in the development of its brand strategy and presents its first 100% city bus to customers in the city of San Sebastian.

Innovation in the area of sustainability and the brand's positioning on the technological cutting edge of the European market have resulted in the first Irizar electric vehicle for city settings of the future.
The Irizar i2e, which is already available to customers, is a reference in sustainability and eco-efficiency aimed at urban mobility, and it addresses the current and future needs of city transport.

Proprietary technology – European Know-how
The Irizar i2e is the first city bus that has been fully developed with proprietary technology, in line with the company's strategy that focuses on close customer relationships and strengthening the brand by building complete IRIZAR buses.

The product is the result of joint efforts between the Group's companies and the technological centres of the Basque Technology Network.
Aside from Irizar, the other companies within the Group have joined forces to promote the Irizar i2e. Hispacold, a manufacturer of heating and air conditioning systems; Jema, specialised in electronics; Datik, a technology company that develops smart solutions for the transport sector; Masats, which manufactures accessibility systems; and CREATIO, the Group's R&D centre.

Following the endurance tests that were performed on the product, the Irizar i2e is presented as a reliable bus with European technology that is ready to circulate in our cities with the bonus of zero emissions.
In addition, its endurance and profitability improve operating costs.

Innovation in sustainability
The i2e is the result of the group's strategic focus on innovation in the area of sustainable mobility. The aim is to position the vehicle as the leader in urban mobility with the firm commitment of contributing towards sustainability and improving the environment in cities.

Since 60% of the European Union's population lives in cities, eliminating contamination is one of the greatest challenges faced by city centres. Circulating fuel vehicles are the cause of 40% of CO2
emissions and 70% of other contaminants. Each electric bus reduces annual CO2 emissions by 88 tons and saves 33,000 litres of fuel.
There are increasing levels of acoustic contamination, and today, more than ever, we need efficient means of transportation that are ecological, silent, environmentally friendly, and help improve the quality of life of people in cities.

The Group understands that the no-contamination decision of cities will not be reversed, which is why four years ago it decided to enter the world of city buses directly with zero-emission electric buses. For this reason, and because it does not contribute to acoustic contamination, we are certain that the Irizar i2e is the ideal transportation alternative for cities and their residents.

Another feature is the recyclability of its components. It has been developed according to the principles of ecodesign, applying environmental criteria to the design of the bus. Its batteries are also 99% recyclable.

Long range
The Irizar i2e has been designed to offer a range between 200 and 250 km, with a single charge at the end of the day. Just five hours of charging guarantee 14 to 16 hours of driving in dense city and intercity traffic conditions, with an average speed of 17km/h.


Irizar safety and reliability
The Irizar i2e has been designed to meet the most demanding active and passive safety requirements. It is the first electric bus on the market that complies with the R.66 rollover safety norm. Its rigid and robust structure has been designed to withstand side or front collisions.

The bus is as robust

Optimal profitability
The Irizar i2e offers maximum profitability in terms of its electrical consumption by including the latest energy technologies. With a nominal power of 230 k", the energy aboard the vehicle is 376 kWh, which provides a range between 200 and 250 km, depending on the driving cycle and weather conditions.

The energy storage management system, developed by Jema Energy, manages the relation between the battery and the super condensers to maintain the charge status of both components within an optimal range as well as to extend the useful life of the various components, resulting in improved operating costs.
The batteries of the Irizar i2e have operated as power systems for ten years and they are 99% recyclable. They represent a proven and reliable technology.
The design of the bus has taken into consideration aerodynamics, weight distribution and maximum component accessibility for easy maintenance.
The battery charger has a combo2-type hose, and it allows fully charging the batteries in five hours.

Investment and forecasts
The group estimates a total planned investment of €60 million for the development of the electric bus and its production facilities.
The new production plant will be finished in 2016, and the demand for units prior to this date will be handled by existing facilities.


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