SWISS ELECTRIC ‘TRAM-BUS’ CONTRACT CONFIRMED

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Irizar


SPANISH BUS manufacturer Irizar has confirmed it’s won the contract for delivering 15 electric ‘tram-look’ buses and the charging system to Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

SWISS ELECTRIC ‘TRAM-BUS’ CONTRACT CONFIRMED
Charging will be done using green energy generated by the river Rhine, Irizar says.

Uniquely for Europe, this project gets the energy needed for the charging stations generated by the Rhine River as it passes through the city.

The contract includes 15 Irizar ie tram model zero-emission electric vehicles (seven of which are 12-metre and eight are 18 metres long), 12 fast-charging stations and 16 in-depot charging stations.

According to the company, it is the first step in electrifying public transport in Schaffhausen. A second phase is scheduled for 2022-2027 for which a tender is written for another 47 vehicles, 20 quick-charging stations and 51 in-depot charging stations.

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GREEN ENERGY

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

The Swiss Public Transport Association director, Ueli Stückelberger, and the Minister of Economic Development of Schaffhausen, Christoph Schärrer, attended the event.

General manager of Irizar e-mobility Hector Olabegogeaskoetxea stated: "This is a unique turnkey project in Switzerland and in Europe with 12 fast-charging points of 600kW to 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."

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