The IVECO BUS E-WAY electric city bus begins operating in Maribor in Slovenia
Wednesday 15th June 2022
The public company Marprom has selected the E-Way in fast-charging version to electrify its bus fleet in Maribor city.
The official handover of the e-buses took place today in Maribor in the presence of Mr Saša Arsenovi?, mayor of Maribor,
Dr. Samo Peter Medved, deputy Mayor, Mag. Andrej Rihter, CEO Public holding company of Maribor, Ranko Šmigoc, CEO Public company Marprom, Red. prof. Dr. Vesna Žegarac Leskovar, dekanica FGPA, dean, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture at the University of Maribor, Jan Kimla, Business director CEE IVECO BUS, Drago Izlakar, CEO Dualis and Marcel van-der. Hoek, Divisions M&S Manager and EL Commercial Leader in Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia, Branko Plešnik, CEO ABB Slovenija.
These E-Way fast-charging buses will perfectly support Maribor city electric transition plan; they provide major environment-related benefits as they can run on long distances entirely emissions-free and are extremely quiet, offering the best comfort for the driver, passengers and residents.
The Municipality of Maribor has chosen to develop solutions for energy-efficient public transport including the electrification of its bus fleet. The EfficienCE project enabled the municipality to start with implementing two fast-charging stations with top-down pantographs, one at the main bus station and the other at the end of bus route Nr 6, which is the busiest in the city.
With the E-WAY, IVECO BUS offers the most complete range of electric buses on the market, that fits the specific needs of each customer, thanks to a wide selection of lengths (9.5, 10.7, 12 and 18 metres) and charging modes (slow night charging, or fast charging by pantograph).
The OppCharge standard compliant E-WAY chosen by Marprom features a 140-kW electric traction motor and a 5-pack of Lithium Titanate Oxide batteries of 73 kWh. During the day, the buses will be fast-charged in few minutes, via a top-down pantograph at the charging points on the bus route.
It represents a perfect solution for city lines performing intensive schedule and high daily mileage with air conditioning.
These three-door E-buses can welcome 31 seated passengers and have several innovative features to improve comfort on board including a manual ramp to facilitate disabled access, USB ports, two-flap seats in the wheelchair area, electric air conditioning and a driver’s door with Covid glass protection.
“The Public company Marprom, which is part of the Public holding company of Maribor, normally transports around 4 million passengers per year in urban bus transport. Marprom is aware the future of urban transport is in electric vehicles, so together with the Municipality of Maribor it has already started electrifying the vehicle fleet. Electric vehicles are especially welcome in urban areas, as they do not cause noise and emissions of dust particles and exhaust gases. Therefore, the new electric buses will be an important acquisition for the company and the city,” said Ranko Šmigoc, Business. Director of Marprom.
“The Municipality of Maribor has approached electrification of public transport with the intention of improving environmental and air quality in the city. Electric buses offer environmental benefits such as the absence of local emissions and greenhouse gas, at the same time, they operate quietly which eliminates noise pollution. They are fully optimized in terms of energy management. These characteristics make them a lot more friendly towards inhabitants living on roads that are busy with public transport. The Municipality plans to purchase additional nine electric buses of different sizes by the end of 2024. In a long-term and compliant with the requirements of the EU, the Municipality plans a 50% share of environment-friendly vehicles in its public transport car park by 2030,” said Saša Arsenovi?, Mayor of Maribor.
“We are proud to support Maribor city in the implementation of its full electric mobility project with our fast-charging E-WAY model which combines the highest performance achievements with the highest environmental requirements,” said
Stéphane Espinasse, Head of Sales & Products, IVECO BUS.
IVECO BUS is a brand of Iveco Group N.V., a global leader in commercial and specialty vehicles, powertrain, and financial services, listed on the Borsa Italiana in Milan.
A major player in the field of public transport, and among the leading bus and coach manufacturers in Europe, IVECO BUS designs, manufactures and markets a broad range of vehicles that meets all the needs of public and private operators:
- school, intercity and tourism coaches;
- standard and articulated city buses, including BRT dedicated versions; city midibuses
- minibuses for all passenger transport missions.
IVECO BUS benefits from a strong expertise in alternative energies vehicles and is now capable of offering a complete range running on compressed natural gas – fully compatible with biomethane – and in the electromobility field, to suit every kind of transport need. Thus, IVECO BUS positions itself as a reference partner to face the numerous challenges of sustainable mobility.
IVECO BUS employs over 6,000 people across four production units, in Annonay, France, Vysoké Myto, Czech Republic, Brescia, Italy and in Rorthais, France with its electromobility centre of excellence.
The extensive IVECO BUS and IVECO service network guarantees assistance around the world wherever an Iveco Bus vehicle is at work.
For further information about IVECO BUS: www.ivecobus.com
For further information about Iveco Group: www.ivecogroup.com