Barcelona gets two i2e electric buses
Two Irizar i2e electric buses have joined Barcelona operator TMB for a long-term trial – the first buses in operation as part of the European ZeEUS project.
The buses were launched with a civic ceremony at the Caixa Forum in the presence of the local authorities, press, companies and clients associated with The Association of Urban Public Transport Operators (ATUC), with presentations by the Mayor of Barcelona, the European Commission and the UITP. They were then demonstrated around the Montjuic area of the city.
Irizar i2e was developed with Irizar Group companies Hispacold, Jema electronics, ‘intelligent’ technology company Datic, and accessibility systems manufacturer Masats, with research and development by CREATIO – Irizar’s new R&D centre.
Each bus will reduce CO2 emissions, compared to a diesel equivalent, by 88 tonnes and save 33,000 litres of fuel. The range of i2e is between 200km and 250km a day, with a five-hour charge giving between 14 and 16 hours’ driving at an average urban speed of 17km/h (11mph). In Barcelona, with lower average traffic speeds of around 11km/h (6.1 mph), predicted range is between 160km and 180km.
The i2e has been tested with accelerated fatigue techniques for reliability. The batteries it carries are 99% recyclable.