Spain’s Irizar launches LNG-powered coach

Spain’s Irizar said it has manufactured the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) i4 model coach with a range of more than 1000 kilometers for intercity or short-distance routes.

The first vehicle equipped with this technology is the class II i4 model Irizar.

“It is a versatile coach that is perfect for cities, commuter lines, school or company transport, and occasional use,” Irizar said in a statement.

The vehicle has two cylindrical cryogenic tanks placed longitudinally on both sides of the coach’s central baggage area, which is completely watertight and isolated from the passenger area.

Moreover, the LNG tanks have a gas capacity of 704 liters and they weigh 830 kg when completely full, according to Irizar.

“In addition to a range of up to 1000 km, the environmental benefits provided by this technology reduce CO2 emissions by 25%, NOx emissions by 85% and particle pollution by 96%, minimizing air quality reference emissions that affect health to nearly zero,” the manufacturer said.

The LNG range of vehicles from Irizar includes the i4, i6S, and i6 Irizar model coaches.

In September, the Irizar i4 will also be available with the new Scania NBG 9I Euro6E 340 horsepower chassis. Also, in 2022 that technology will be extended to the Irizar i6 and i6S models for medium and long-distance suburban routes with a new generation 410 horsepower 131 NBG chassis in lengths from 12 to 15 meters, the firm said.

The vehicle has two options for biofuel tank packages, a single tank or two separate tanks for different ranges and luggage compartment capacities, Irizar said.

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