Transit operator Keolis Métropole Orléans, which serves the city of Orleans, France, has ordered 29 Irizar ie tram electric buses. The order is part of the city’s plan to convert its entire public transport system to electric drive by 2025.
The first of the Irizar e-buses are scheduled for delivery in mid-2021. Each bus is 12 meters long and has a range of 220 km. Irizar will provide exclusive after-sale service.
The buses’ main components and systems, including electronics, communications and the proprietary batteries, were developed in-house by the Irizar Group.
Irizar e-mobility buses are manufactured using solar energy from what the company says is the largest solar photovoltaic farm in the Basque Country. The company offers a second life for its batteries at the end of their life-cycle in buses, as storage components in EV charging stations.
Irizar e-mobility electric vehicles are already operating in Marseille, Le Havre and other French cities.