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25 Jun 2016

SIX IRIZAR I2E ELECTRIC BUSES FOR MARSEILLE

Irizars i2e 100% electric powered bus, which it claims guarantees an operating range of between 12 and 16 hours (up to 240km), has been designed to achieve the greatest energy efficiency, the lowest consumption and optimum end of life management. It says the bus has a very low carbon footprint of 8.45g CO2 eq./km.p (per kilometre and passenger). It means it saves around 800 tonnes of CO2 during its entire service life, compared to a conventional diesel bus.

Earlier, the Régie des Transports de  Marseille (RTM) inaugurated the first 100% electric route in the city of Marseilles, France with six Irizar i2e vehicles to standard RTM fleet specification. The buses are used on Marseille’s route 82. The full low floor buses feature two double doors with a Masats electric access ramp at the central door. The total capacity of 77 passengers includes 27 seated, one person with reduced mobility (PRM), and up to 51 standing.

The buses feature 16 sodium-nickel batteries and a Siemens motor, as well as CCTV, Wi-Fi, LED lights and a reversing camera. Irizar has installed an intelligent system which optimises the process of charging the six buses.