Twenty-three new articulated zero-emission buses are being added to the networkAs part of its efforts to continue replacing diesel vehicles, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) is moving forward in the conversion of the H16 route as the first line in its zero-emission network with the purchase of 23 new fully electric articulated buses.
The purchase of the 23 electric vehicles is part of Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)’s plan to upgrade and update the fleet of urban buses for Barcelona and its metropolitan area, with a total of 266 new electric, hybrid and natural gas vehicles during the period 2019-2021.
The aim is for TMB’s active fleet to be exclusively composed of electric, hybrid and compressed natural gas vehicles by 2030.
The new electric articulated buses will be used to continue to transform the H16 line (Passeig Zona Franca – Fòrum / Besòs Campus) in TMB’s first zero-emissions line. The line’s terminal stops will therefore have fast chargers and transformers, which will soon be reinforced to charge two buses simultaneously in order to ensure the operability and regularity of the service.
More accessible 18-metre buses with driving assistance systems
Of these 23 vehicles, 14 will be Solaris’ New Urbino model, and the rest will be Irizar i2e buses. They will all be 18 metres long and fitted with pantographs for charging their batteries – quickly when en route and slowly in the bus depot. They will therefore be very similar to the seven electric articulated buses (four Irizar buses and three Solaris buses) already in use in the H16 route.
In addition to their usual equipment and comfort features, these newly acquired 23 buses will have a new interior layout favouring accessibility from the rear, as well as a translucent pivoting joint resulting in better lighting in this thoroughfare area.
In terms of technological safety devices, they will have a vision-based driving assistance system that analyses the environment to reduce the likelihood of accidents, as well as electronic mirrors to improve visibility in difficult conditions.
Under the terms of the tender, which is pending formalisation in a contract, the 23 vehicles must be delivered by the manufacturers in time for them to enter into service by early 2021.