Irizar e-mobility has been contracted to supply twelve zero-emission electric buses to Palma EMT in Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands.
The first of these buses, branded by Irizar as ‘ie tram’ units, is expected to be delivered in early 2023 to help decarbonise transport in the island’s capital.
These vehicles will also be equipped with solar panels on the roof to sustainably power the auxiliary systems.
“We're working on having a more sustainable city and public transport is fundamental to achieving that. The EMT needs to have buses that use clean energy. And that's what we're doing.”
The new electric buses will be powered with a 430kWh Irizar battery that can be charged using an inverted pantograph or a Combo 2 charging outlet.
The Irizar ie tram buses will be 12 metres long and will have three doors, 22 seats, and a wheelchair area. They will have the capacity to carry up to 70 passengers and will feature large side windows and LED interior lights.
“This order is strategic for us because of the visibility Palma has in the tourism market. We're extremely proud to be able to contribute to improving the quality of life of its residents.
“The vehicles, which will have Irizar battery technology, will be completely quiet and won't create polluting emissions. The Irizar ie tram can be identified by being a bus with a minimalist design without ornamentation where every feature has a specific functional purpose which creates an identity and image easily recognisable by users.”
This order of electric buses is part of the second phase of renewing EMT Palma’s fleet, which started in January 2022.
In total, 59 buses will be transitioned to clean energy vehicles, including electric and hydrogen-powered models. This includes the five Solaris Urbino hydrogen buses ordered in February 2022.
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