Irizar lands e-bus agreement with Paris
Irizar e-mobility has signed an agreement with the RATP (La Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) to supply zero emissions electric buses. It is one of the largest electric bus purchasing projects in Europe.
Irizar e-mobility keeps getting stronger in the French market and Paris will be the next destination for its electric buses. They will be new-generation Irizar ie bus model and, in the first two years, Irizar e-mobility will deliver 113 units.
The 12-metre vehicles will be equipped with 350kWh Irizar batteries and they will be slow-charged in the depot. The electronics, communications and other main components and systems on the buses use technology from the Irizar Group, which has been a pioneer in providing electromobility solutions with a holistic vision for cities.
“We’re very thankful to the RATP for the trust they’ve placed in us to renew their fleet of buses. Being able to implement our electromobility solutions in a city like Paris, which is a world leader in electromobility, is a major challenge and we couldn’t be more proud. Without a doubt it’s a very ambitious project that represents a big step forward in our position in the French market. And it reaffirms our strategy of providing solutions and turn-key services for sustainable, efficient, intelligent, accessible, safe and connected mass transit.” says General Director of Irizar e-mobility Imanol Rego.
As part of its strategy, Irizar e-mobility will have an after sales service in Paris managed by expert technicians and people hired locally, which will in turn help generate local wealth and employment.
With these silent and environmentally friendly buses, Irizar e-mobility will be contributing to energy transition and reaching the ambitious goals set by the City of Paris. This project is part of the RATP’s Bus2025 programme, which is financed by Île-de-France Mobilités whose goal is to make all the buses operated by the RATP electric or biofuel by 2025. With this plan, the RATP’s carbon footprint will be reduced by 50% (2015 reference*).
Irizar is staying firmly committed to the French market. In 2016, it put the first 100% electric line into operation in Marseille with six Irizar electric buses. That city has once again put their trust in Irizar to renew its fleet of buses. Three years later, the ambitious Amiens project arrived, which was the largest ultra-fast charging electric bus fleet in Europe. That same year Irizar put two more BRT projects into operation in Aix-en-Provence and Bayonne. The most recent contracts closed have been the orders for Orleans and Strasbourg. With this latest Paris order, Irizar is clearly strengthening their leadership in the French market and they are continuing their firm strategic commitment to the brand and personalised projects in France.