London gets Irizar i2e electric buses
Two Irizar i2e fully electric buses are being supplied to Go Ahead London to operate on Routes 507 and 521, connecting Waterloo Station with Victoria, and Waterloo with London Bridge.
Launched during the first Global Clean Bus Summit by London Mayor Boris Johnson, the pace-setting single-deck with a 100-mile plus range incorporate new technologies devised by Irizar Group, and have 99% recyclable batteries.
The i2e buses will be in service this summer, having been extensively trialled already in Spain and France, the two units in service in Barcelona being run through the EU’s ZeEUS project which aims to roll out all-electric buses to eight demonstration sites in six countries.
The Clean Bus Summit builds on the Global Clean Bus Declaration, developed by the Mayor in partnership with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and launched in Buenos Aires in March. Four additional cities – Amsterdam, Lima, Catalonia (Barcelona) and Rome – signed up to the declaration, which is still open for additional signatories, at the London summit.
Sir Peter Hendy CBE, London’s Transport Commissioner, said: “The introduction of new electric buses and further developments like induction charging at termini for hybrid bus batteries will significantly improve air quality and provide our passengers with quieter and smoother journeys later this year. We continue to embrace new technologies as they develop.”
Irizar’s i2e bus sales in the UK are spearheaded by its Bus Project Manager, John Horn, a well-known figure in the bus industry for 25 years: “Irizar’s experience running this vehicle in San Sebastian, Marseilles, Barcelona and Madrid suggests it will be reliable and impressive in service. Already six units have been sold to Marseilles and i2e will now be tested in Paris.
“Driver training is underway at both Red Arrow depots at Waterloo and Mandela Way and we expect the buses to enter service in July”