MARSEILLES SHIFTS SLOWLY TO ELECTRIC DRIVE WITH THE IRIZAR i2e
Marseille’s Réseau des Transports Marseillais (RTM) has put its first 12m electric bus into service. The Irizar i2e, which will serve on line 82 / 82S in the French city, is the first 12m electric city bus in revenue service in France.
The Irizar i2e, powered by a 374 kWh battery pack, was designed to offer a range between 200 and 250 km (124 to 155 miles), with a single charge at the end of the day. After only five hours of charging, it is guaranteed to drive between 14 and 16 hours.
RTM has been operating a micro-electric shuttle around the Old Port since 2013. RTM also is testing two hybrid articulated buses, with tests on other types of hybrids to follow.