Spanish bus builder Irizar has received an order for 30 electric buses from Valladolid. The order from public transport operator AUVASA (Autobuses Urbanos de Valladolid) includes not only 30 Irizar ie trams but also the corresponding charging infrastructure.
Deliveries of the e-buses are scheduled to take place over a two-year period, with the first 11 arriving in Valladolid at the end of 2022, according to Irizar. The announcement does not mention any other interim targets until the end of 2023 and the expiry of the agreed delivery deadline in June 2024.
The ie tram is an 18-metre articulated e-bus with a tram design. Each vehicle has a 630 kWh battery that can be charged either at the depot by cable or on the move by inverted pantograph. In this system, the pantograph does not lift from the roof of the vehicle, but is located at the charging station and lowered onto the connector on the roof of the vehicle. Irizar says that because the system is "compatible with virtually all electric buses on the market", it should make the vehicle's daily charging process easier.
Each ie tram can carry up to 105 passengers, 43 of whom are seated. the bus, which has a total of four doors, also offers three wheelchair areas. it also features interior CO2 meters and a multimedia and information system with 29-inch screens and USB charging ports. instead of rear-view mirrors, cameras are installed to improve visibility to the side and rear for the driver - and other driver assistance systems are also installed to protect pedestrians and cyclists.
"We are very proud of the trust that AUVASA and the City of Valladolid have placed in us to start the electric conversion of their fleet," says Txema Otero, Commercial Director for Spain and Portugal of Irizar e-mobility. "The low CO2 and noise emissions and the great passenger experience make the Irizar ie tram a particularly suitable bus for use in city centres."