Irizar displayed the first of their Tram Bus vehicles destined for service with Go Ahead in London on route 358. The buses will be powered by batteries manufactured by the Irizar Group and will be charged between trips using two fast charging inverted pantograph systems to be installed at Crystal Palace and Orpington Bus Stations, allowing the buses to be charged in less than five minutes and enabling them to perform the required service on route 358 effortlessly.
After finishing the route, the buses will receive a short top up using the depot based chargers.
They have signed a contract for the purchase of twenty electric buses and supporting charging infrastructure.
Go-Ahead selected the 12-metre Irizar ie Tram, the first of the range to be manufactured with right-hand drive and the first to be launched in the UK.
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