Go-Ahead also ordered two 450 kW pantograph chargers and a 100 kW depot charger. This order is Irizar’s first in a right-hand drive version. Apart from Irizar, Go-Ahead has so far used electric buses from BYD-ADL, and FCEV buses from Wrightbus.
The charging technology is supplied by Jema Energy, which is a subsidiary of the Irizar Group. The 12 meter trolleybus trolley will start arriving in London in late 2022 and operate on route 358 between Crystal Palace and Orpington.
The 450kW pantograph charging system allows the electric bus to charge in less than five minutes of travel. Once the bus returns to the depot, it can be recharged using a depot based charger.
“We are delighted that Go Ahead, London largest bus operator, has chosen our technology; this is a clear testament to the confidence placed in our products and proof of their quality and reliability. London is investing heavily in sustainable public transport solutions and we are honored for Irizar e-mobility to play a part in this goal. Our technological race continues, and this operation will see our company launching the first super-fast charging route in London, complying with the high standards set by Transport for London”, stated Iñigo Etxeberria, Managing Director of Irizar e-mobility.
In June this year, Irizar received an order for 30 Irizar tram buses. Just last month, EMT Palma in Mallorca took it a little further with modern public transport technology and ordered the Irizar which is an electric tram bus with solar panels on the roof.