Irizar electric buses complete a successful testing regime in Switzerland

Image of an Irizar electric bus. Credit: www.irizar-emobility.com

Irizar electric buses have performed more than 750,000 km and made 60,000 ultra-fast charges in the Swiss city of Schaffhausen.

The Irizar Group, based in Gipuzkoa, Spain, announced today, Friday, July 8, that it had finished the commissioning of the ambitious electromobility project where a complete turnkey solution has been supplied.

Since the fast charging infrastructure pantographs in Bahnhoffstrasse Street were installed a year ago, the zero-emission Irizar ie tram buses have been commercially operating all around the streets of Schaffhausen on a daily basis.

They have already successfully performed more than 750,000 km and more than 60,000 ultra-fast charging procedures in the Swiss city of Schaffhausen.

As Iñigo Etxeberria, Export Commercial Director of Irizar e-mobility explained during the project closure event, “We would like to thank VBSH and the city of Schaffhausen for the trust they have placed in us”.

He continued: “We are very proud to be able to bring our turnkey electromobility solutions to this city. The key to the success of this project has undoubtedly been the close cooperation between VBSH, Irizar Group, and all the stakeholders involved”.

It is a lighthouse project not only in Switzerland but in Europe. This is the first charging electric bus system with fully zero-emission on its entire value chain. The twelve 600 kW ultra-fast charging stations draw the energy to charge the vehicles from the Rhein river hydroelectric plant (run by the local company SH Power).

VBSH Verkehrsbetriebe Schaffhausen and Irizar e-mobility proved that public transport can be sustainable, efficient, smart, accessible, safe, and connected, and at the same time, meet the expectations of European citizens.

Fifteen Irizar ie tram model zero-emission electric buses (eight 12m-long and seven 18m-long vehicles) were involved in the project. They used thirteen 600 kW ultra-fast chargers, and sixteen charging stations in depots. The chargers have been developed and manufactured by Jema, a company belonging to the Irizar Group.

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