Irizar Introduces Electric Bus With 376 kWh Sodium Nickel Battery Pack
Irizar recently presented the i2e – El autobús del futuro.
The 12-meter long bus has autonomy of 200-250 km (124-155 miles). The first three of these buses have already been deployed on Spanish roads.
To achieve such high range, the Spanish company built the bus with a 376 kWh battery pack (larger than even BYD uses in its buses), but these are not lithium-ion cells, just Sodium Nickel.
Energy storage system. Batteries
– Type: So-Nick
– Nominal voltage: 600V/650V
– Total capacity: 376 kWh
– Super condensers 125 V
We don’t know exactly how well such a battery will work in a bus over time. However, it seems that Irizar has bold plan for e-mobility with €60 million in spending scheduled.
“Investment and forecasts
“The group estimates a total planned investment of €60 million for the development of the electric bus and its production facilities.”
“The new production plant will be finished in 2016, and the demand for units prior to this date will be handled by existing facilities.”
Here is video promoting this bus of the future:
“Nuevo irizar i2e.
El autobús del futuro”