Go Ahead, the largest bus operator in London, is purchasing the 12-metre long Irizar “ie tram” to comply with the latest Bus Safety Standards set by Transport for London. The operator has signed a contract with Irizar e-mobility to acquire 20 buses and the necessary charging infrastructure to electrify route 358 in south London. This would be the first first fully-electric, fast charging route in the capital of the United Kingdom.
The “ie tram” is the first right-hand-drive vehicle manufactured by Irizar e-mobility in the UK. The vehicle produces zero emissions, has low noise and vibration levels, and is easy to access, making it perfect for operating in a large city like London. It also meets the new Transport for London (TFL) 2024 pedestrian safety regulations.
The buses will be powered by advanced batteries made by the Irizar Group and will be charged using two fast charging systems located at Crystal Palace and Orpington Bus Stations. These charging systems can fully charge the buses in less than five minutes, allowing them to perform their required service effortlessly. After completing the route, the buses will receive a short top-up using the depot-based chargers.
By acquiring these electric vehicles, Go Ahead is taking a step towards reducing its carbon footprint and promoting sustainable transportation in London and beyond. The ie tram’s ability to operate silently and produce zero emissions will help reduce air pollution and noise levels in London, making it a better place to live for everyone.