Irizar Electric Truck Fights Range Anxiety With CNG Range Extender

MAR 3 2019 BY MARK KANE 13

Irizar experiments with range extenders

Irizar – known for electric buses – is introducing an interesting electric truck called Irizar ie, which is equipped with a small CNG range extender. It’s one of the options as other variations of the electrically driven vehicles are currently under development.

The Spanish manufacturer didn’t reveal specifications, but according to the press release, the 8-meter-long truck (6×2 version) can carry 18 tonnes. The all-electric range will be of course be dependent on the battery pack capacity.

Switching to the electric drive enabled to design a cabin with a low driver position – kind like in buses.

“Comfort and safety were priorities in developing the cockpit. The low position of the driver’s seat, the width of the windscreens and side windows and ergonomic access to all the controls and the dashboard screen are features emphasized in the design.

The Irizar ie truck includes technology developed within the Irizar Group that has already been used for electric drive systems in its electric buses, energy storage and control electronics, in addition to the rest of the systems supplied.

The cabin was developed exclusively for urban applications. The cabin has a 4-person capacity and a single access stairway with the goal of ensuring safe transport for the driver and their companions. That fact makes the vehicle the one with the lowest access height on the market.”

Presentation of the Irizar ie took place at the Sustainable Urban Mobility Congress (SUM) in February.

“Irizar is taking another step in its commitment to sustainable urban mobility by including the Irizar ie truck into its range of zero emissions products. This stylish truck is an innovative electric vehicle that responds to several market needs and makes it possible to drive in cities and urban areas without creating any atmospheric or acoustic pollution. “

Source: Irizar via Green Car Congress

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I wonder why not propane. Propane burns almost as clean, but can be transported much easier due to being liquid at room temperature.

Probably because cng is cheaper. And to be pedantic, at room temperature propane is a liquid only if it’s pressurized, unless you have a really cold room.

Propane is about 100 PSI to be liquid, nat gas is probably 3600 PSI and still gas. Price might be something, but there’s also additional stops and longer fueling time for nat gas.

Actually, the answer might be cold weather. Propane needs a way to boil if the weather is too cold since heat of vaporization would sap the energy to turn to gas even when ambient is above -44F. Nat gas is always pressurized gas, at least for automotive temperatures. Problem became apparent when shooting CO2 gun vs PCP gun.

Propane school buses are taking over. Way cheaper capital investment than CNG both due to the fuel tanks and also the refueling stations. The cost of the fuel per gallon equivalent is more than CNG however. BUT…school buses are not high mileage vehicles as compared to commercial trucks or mass transit buses.

Notice the grant is only about $7500 per bus. Very cost effective reduction in pollution,

Oh and propane starting is no longer an issue and way better than diesel.

CNG is already available on forecourts in Europe. In some countries it’s more prevalent.

Looks like this design has a lot of possibilities. The low cab height might help as a trash hauler. I’m interested to see the specs, especially on the range extender. With biogas coming off the dump used to generate electricity, or refined biogas (biomethane) fueling the truck… it could close the loop on trash nirvana.

Why are the CNG tanks located where the fifth-wheel coupling is supposed to be? How the heck do you hook up a trailer? 🤷🏻‍♂️

Most likely a refuse hauler,.. so no trailer.

Probably temporary location. Makes more sense to stand up behind cab, and they have to be accessible.

Basis of a beautiful BEV RV.

If I had a million dollars.

This is the best concept. For shorter distance they can run on battery and beyond that they can use CNG which is much cheaper than diesel. I hope other automakers explore this option.