Spanish bus & coach manufacturer expands green offering with NGVs
As a result of its effort to offer innovative and sustainable solutions to the different future mobility needs, the Irizar Group is incorporating CNG and LNG into its range of technologies. The new vehicles have a range of up to 500 km in the CNG version and twice as long in the LNG technology.
Accordingly, Irizar is widening its range of efficient and sustainable products and technological solutions in operational terms and is becoming the brand that includes all the technologies currently on the market: from integrated and conventional coaches with Euro 6D diesel to natural gas or biogas buses and 100% electric vehicles, for urban and interurban services.
The range of NGVs includes the Irizar i4 and Irizar i3le models from 12 to 15 meters in CNG version, and Irizar i4, Irizar i6 and Irizar i6S from 12 to 15 meters in the LNG version, all on Scania chassis. The first vehicle equipped with this technology is the Irizar i4 class II model, a versatile and ideal coach for metropolitan, commuter, school transport or business coach. This is an Irizar i4 version H, 12.920m long vehicle. Its unmistakable attributes of versatility are complemented the range of current propulsion technologies available in integral or conventional vehicles on chassis.
With a total weight of about 750 kg, it incorporates 4 longitudinal type IV CNG cylindrical tanks, with a total volume of 1,260 dm3 and an approximate gas capacity of 240 kg. However, depending on the needs of the operator, it can be fitted with an additional tank to increase range. It is also fitted with a filling panel with two gas outlets and a pressure gauge. The integration of the storage tanks preserves the aesthetics and aerodynamics of the vehicle and means it can perform the same type of service as a similar diesel vehicle with optimum road holding and maximum safety.
The vehicles are equipped with the same air conditioning system as diesel vehicles. The height of the interior ceiling, the interior luggage racks and the luggage compartment capacity are the same as the diesel version.
The driver has a gas control screen to comply with all safety protocols. This is used to detect leaks and monitor the start-up of the water additive aerosol fire extinguishing system. These vehicles comply with Regulation R66.02 even with 700 kg of extra weight on the roof and with the thermal safety and mechanical safety protocols, in accordance with Regulation 110.