Spanish company, lrizar, has been awarded the supply contract for the first line of electric buses for the city of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, in a public tender. This is a unique project in Switzerland and Europe as the energy needed for the charging stations will be generated in the Rhine River as it passes through Schaffhausen.
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The contract includes 15 lrizar ie tram model zero-emissions electric vehicles (seven are 12 metres long and eight are 18 metres), 12 fast charging stations and 16 in-depot charging stations. This is a lighthouse project with the aim of electrifying public transport in the city of Schaffhausen. It includes the possibility of a second phase in 2022-2027 when the amount could increase to 47 vehicles, 20 quick charging stations and 51 in-depot charging stations.
Irizar defines its model ie tram as "a bus one hundred percent electric zero emissions with tram aesthetic attributes that combines the great capacity, ease of access and inner circulation of a tram with the flexibility of an urban bus". The Basque company has chosen for this model "a design that starts from a minimalist aesthetic language, without ornaments, and in which all its features respond to concrete functional aspects, allowing to create an identity and an easily recognizable image."
The lrizar ie tram was presented at a recently held event in Schaffhausen. Hector Olabegogeaskoetxea, Manager Director of lrizar e-mobility, stated that "this is a unique project in Switzerland and in Europe where 12 fast charging points of 600 kW will 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. Once more the lrizar Group is showing its capacity to provide turnkey solutions by supplying buses and charging stations that meet specific requirements of a city."
Irizar’s goal, according to the company is “to provide comprehensive electric mobility solutions for cities, both in terms of manufacturing zero emissions 100 percent electric vehicles, and in terms of manufacturing and installing the major infrastructure systems necessary for charging, traction and energy storage.”