Orleans chooses Irizar for fully electric transport system

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Orleans Métropole, France, has selected Irizar e-mobility for the supply of 29 Irizar ie tram zero-emission electric buses.

This agreement is part of the Orléans Métropole strategy to switch to a fully electric public transport system in its territory by 2025.

The Irizar ie tram electric bus

The buses are 12m long and have a range of 220km. The technology onboard, including the electronics, communications and the main components and systems were all developed by the Irizar Group. The batteries are also proprietary technology and meet the latest European rules on electrical, thermal and mechanical safety: R100.v2, R10.v5 and UN38.3.

The delivery of the first units is planned for mid-2021.

Operator Keolis Métropole Orléans will benefit from Irizar’s after sales service, managed by technical experts and locally contracted staff, helping to boost local employment.

Irizar says this new contract consolidates its presence in France, where it set up three BRT projects last year, in Amiens, Aix-en-Provence and Bayonne. The cities of Marseille and Le Havre also have Irizar e-mobility electric vehicles.