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Intelligent Electric Buses soon to run on the streets of Vitoria-Gasteiz

The electric buses are a collaboration between the local, provincial and regional governments

  • November 20, 2019 19:30
  • Author Aseniya Dimitrova
Medium baiona 3
Source: vitoria-gasteiz.org

Representatives of the City Council of Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), the Basque Government and the Provincial Council of Álava  visited last week the Irizar e-Mobility plant in Aduna, where the 13 vehicles of the Intelligent Electric Bus will be constructed. They also visited the city of Baiona, which has an electric bus system operating, that links Baiona, Angelu and Biarritz.

The Intelligent Electric Buses – an efficient public transport system

Last Thursday Alava Province representatives went to the Irizar e-Mobility plant in Aduna and inspected the progress made in the design and manufacture of various components of the buses that will circulate through Vitoria-Gasteiz starting next year. They also saw first prototype of the canopies that will be installed in the streets of the capital of Alava and suggested improvements in terms of accessibility and comfort.

The Intelligent Electric Buses is an efficient and high capacity public transport system that aims to better connect all neighbourhoods and promote sustainable and healthy mobility. It will serve the current line 2 of TUVISA through 13 state-of-the-art electric vehicles.

Vitoria-Gasteiz electric bus
Representatives of Vitoria-Gasteiz Local Council visiting the production site

The testing of the new system began simultaneously in four points of the Basque city on September 2 as part of a 65-week period for the implementation of the project, infrastructure, supply, and commissioning and maintenance of the smart electric bus. To make it possible, the City of Vitoria-Gasteiz collaborates (providing 17.5% of the funding), with the Provincial Council of Alava (responsible for another 17.5%) and the Basque Government (65%), for an investment exceeding 40 million euros.

The Basque capital is walking with confidence the path towards sustainable and more efficient public transport. Earlier this year, the local government of Vitoria-Gasteiz has ordered 10 new hybrid buses.

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