Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquin / Irizar eMobility
23 ARTICULATED BUSES IRIZAR AND SOLARIS WILL BE OPERATING
Nine zero-emission articulated electric buses built by Irizar, of the ieTram model and 14 Urbino 18 from Solaris that will soon arrive, have started the first 100% electrified line for high-capacity mass transport in Barcelona. It should be noted that recently, 46 light hybrid buses were also put into operation in the city.
Starting in 2021, TMB, the Barcelona public transport authority published a tender, aimed at acquiring 210 green buses, of which 78 will be electric: 29 articulated buses equipped with pantographs for opportunity charging and 49 single-body buses with batteries and pantographs for night recharging in the portals.
Also, at the end of 2020, TMB Barcelona announced a work plan to improve the environmental quality of the city’s bus fleet, deciding that from now on, only a low-emission fleet or preferably an electric fleet will be linked. The goal is that by 2024, TMB’s fleet will be made up solely of gas, hybrid and electric buses.
The Irizar ieTram deployed in Barcelona, have 4 doors and capacity for 36 seated passengers plus a driver, an area for wheelchairs and another for those traveling with baby carriages. They are powered by an Alconza engine (an Irizar group company) and deliver 236 kW of power, with batteries also from Irizar eMobility. They can be charged in 4 minutes, using ultra-fast charging devices that are connected to the pantographs that are installed on the buses.
The vehicles have driving assistance systems to improve safety, and the exterior rear-view mirrors have been replaced by cameras that project the images into the driver’s cabin. For the comfort of travelers, air conditioning provided by Hispacold, USB outlets and Wi-Fi are included.
TMB currently operates 1140 buses, of which 350 are hybrids (most with diesel and electric engines) and 408 are powered by natural gas. The new hybrids for the moment were supplied by MAN and its Lion’s City model, together with Daimler with its CitaroG. The recent 46 hybrid buses plus the 23 electric buses had a total cost of 40.9 million Euros.