Irizar UK expands Bus Team
Leading Integral coach manufacturer Irizar is to expand its UK bus team with the appointment of Shaun Millar and Gradyn Thompson, who join Strategic Advisor Mike Weston.
Irizar offers a range of all-electric city buses including an award-winning fully electric articulated ‘road tram’ which embodies many of the advantages of an urban light-rail system without requiring the installation of expensive dedicated infrastructure.
Mike Weston, for many years the Director of Buses at Transport for London led the development and introduction of hybrid buses, the New Routemaster and the early trial and deployment of electric buses, is providing strategic support to Irizar which further reinforces the group’s approach to customers’ needs.
Shaun Millar has been appointed as Business Development Manager – Bus at Irizar (UK)’s e-mobility division. He brings a wealth of experience in the industry including various positions at large OEM coach and bus manufacturers.
Graydn Thompson is Technical Support Manager – Bus. He has been working in the bus and coach industry for over 40 years including positions at Nottingham City Transport and Bus Vannin on the Isle of Man.
Talking about the expansion, Mike said “It’s great to work with a company with so much technical ability, passion and resources. After my most recent experience of new vehicle technology at TfL, working with Irizar with such a wide range of electric products takes it to a whole new level. Bringing Shaun and Gradyn on-board is a great development at this exciting time in the electric vehicle industry.
“The high quality of the Irizar product is reflected in the production of the key vehicle systems by Irizar Group companies, and other components being sourced from some of the most respected names in the European automotive industry.”
Steve O’Neill – Director said: “Creating the full Irizar UK E Mobility Bus team is an exciting further development for Irizar UK. It’s good to have on board people with such a wide range of experience and passion for our industry, and I’m sure this will allow us to have a similar positive impact on the electric bus market as we did in the coach market”.
· Note: Irizar e-mobility vehicles have been achieving considerable success in Europe since the first six 12-metre ie buses with depot charging were delivered to Marseille, France in 2016. Subsequent orders have included 15 12-metre ie buses for EMT Madrid. The reveal of the award-winning articulated ie tram last year has accelerated Irizar’s e-mobility fortunes, and four 18-metre articulated ie trams are to be delivered to TMB, Barcelona, Spain, in June. These will be followed next year by 18 ie trams to Bayonne, France, and 43 to Amiens, France. All the tram orders will have on-route opportunity charging and promise to revolutionise public transport in terms of both capacity and reduced environmental impact in their cities.
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