Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (Barcelona Metropolitan Transport, TMB), a managing member of LIVE, features an Irizar i2e in its fleet, rated the most eco-friendly industrial vehicle in 2016 in the Spanish National Transport Awards. TMB is testing out two Irizar i2e electric buses within the framework of the ZeEUS Project, funded by the European Union.
The 100% electric bus singled out in the Spanish national awards stands out for its efficiency and cleanliness among vehicles of its kind since it does not release any local emissions. It has a range of between 200 and 250 kilometres and it can be driven for between 14 and 16 hours in heavy urban and inter-urban traffic conditions with a charge time of just 6 hours.
To guarantee this range, it incorporates a system called Eco Assist, created to provide real-time support for the driver in order to optimize the driving process by reducing energy consumption and increasing its range. In addition, taking into account the sustainability of the whole process and the life of the bus, the Irizar i2e is equipped with 99% recyclable batteries.
As a result of TMB and Barcelona’s bid to work toward sustainable mobility, the city has been included in the Zeeus (Zero Emission Urban Bus System) Project, funded by the European Union and coordinated by the International Public Transport Association. The aim of this international project is to promote cleaner public transport and it also includes similar tests in London, Glasgow, Stockholm, Münster, Bonn, Pilsen and Cagliari.
In the case of the Catalan city, its participation entails the incorporation of four zero-emission electric buses in TMB’s regular bus service, based on two different types of technology: two standard Irizar i2e buses, equipped with batteries for charging overnight, and two 18-metre articulated Solaris Urbino buses, equipped with batteries that can be charged in the bus terminal during the day. All four will be integrated in the bus network this spring.