The Spanish company irizar have signed an agreement with Go-Ahead, London`s biggest bus operator, to put two electric buses into operation in London from the end of July.
These two buses Irizar i2e, fully manufactured with Irizar`s own technology, are added to those delivered in Europe to other cities like San Sebastian and Barcelona. These buses will go on to high-intensity routes conecting Waterloo Station to Victoria Station and London Bridge Station.
The i2e for London are 12 metre buses with a continous low foor and two twin doors, with an electric ramp located at the centre door. The electric motor has a power of 180 kW and batteries with a storage of 282 kw/h, given the buses a range between 160 and 180 km under the tipical London traffic conditions; really an impressive range. As a new feature, they incorporate a heating/cooling unit for the driver and anti-vandalism locks.
The buses offer 26 seats and one wheelchair place, to give a total passenger capacity of 60. The Irizar i2e are the first buses handled by Irizar subsidiary Irizar UK, looking forward to see rapid development of the sales in the UK with a great number of local authorities showing interest in running emissions-free buses in urban and metropolitan areas.