By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Irizar

SPANISH BUS manufacturer Irizar has continued its European CBU electric bus push with Swiss city Schaffhausen agreeing to buy 15 e-vehicles and complementary charging infrastructure, it’s reported recently.

Charging will be done using green energy generated by the river Rhine as it passes through Schaffhausen, the company confirms.

Following a contract win of 10 units for Rheinbahn in Düsseldorf, Germany, this is a unique project in Switzerland and Europe as the energy needed for the charging stations will be generated in the famous Rhine River as it passes through Schaffhausen.

Irizar was awarded the supply contract in a public tender. The contract includes 15 Irizar ie ‘tram’ (bus with covered wheels) zero-emission electric vehicles (seven of which are 12m and eight are 18m long), plus 12 fast-charging stations and 16 in-depot charging stations. As described, this is a "lighthouse project" with "…the aim of electrifying public transport in the city of Schaffhausen".

Additionally, it includes the possibility for a second phase in 2022-2027, when the amount may rise to 47 vehicles, 20 quick-charging stations and 51 in-depot charging stations, it’s claimed.

ie-tram_EN.jpgLADY 'AND THE TRAM'

The Irizar ie tram model is a completely silent vehicle that emits no polluting gases and has integrated Irizar Group technology in its electronics, energy storage and communications, the company states.

On the occasion of this contract award, the Irizar ie tram was recently presented in Schaffhausen with the event led by Councillor Daniel Preisig and the general director of VBSH, Bruno Schwager.

The Swiss Public Transport Association director Ueli Stückelberger, the Minister of Economic Development of Schaffhausen Christoph Schärrer, and the general manager of Irizar e-mobility Hector Olabegogeaskoetxea, were also present.


Olabegogeaskoetxea said: "This is a unique project in Switzerland and in Europe where 12 fast-charging points of 600kW will be installed in one of the main avenues of the city and charging will be done using green energy generated by the river Rhine as it passes through Schaffhausen."

"Once more the Irizar Group is showing its capacity to provide turnkey solutions by supplying buses and charging stations that meet specific requirements of a city."



Irizar e-mobility aims to provide comprehensive electric mobility solutions for cities, it says. This is both in terms of manufacturing zero-emission, 100 per cent electric vehicles and in terms of manufacturing and installing the major infrastructure systems necessary for charging, traction and energy storage - with all designed and made using 100 per cent Group technology, an Irizar guarantee and service quality, the company states.



Irizar’s ie tram is a fully electric, zero-emission bus that looks like a tram. It is said to combined the large-capacity, ‘ease of access’ and internal configuration of a tram with the flexibility of a city bus.

It offers a clean, minimalist design and all its features correspond to specific functional aspects allowing it to create an identity and an image that are easily recognisable to its users, claims Irizar.

Accessibility, safety, passenger flow and passenger comfort are the inspiration behind the interior design architecture, resulting in a bright, comfortable, spacious, pleasant and safe interior, it adds.

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