Motorcoach manufacturer Irizar has added its first liquid natural gas (LNG) long-range i4 model coach to its lineup. This coach, with a range of more than 1,000 kilometers (about 620 miles), is primarily available to customers across Europe.
The first vehicle equipped with this technology is the class II i4 model Irizar. According to the manufacturer, it was designed to be a versatile coach that is perfect for cities, commuter lines, and school or company transport. Additionally, this technology has shown to reduce CO2 emissions by 25 percent, NOx emissions by 85 percent, and particle pollution by 96 percent—which may also lower operating costs up to 30 percent depending on the cost differential of natural gas and diesel. The maintenance cost remains similar to a conventional diesel vehicle, according to data released by the company. In comparison to compressed natural gas vehicles (CNG), LNG takes up less space (600 times less), has an energy density 1.4 greater, and the complete system weighs less.
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. 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.
The full specs of Irizar’s hybrid lineup can be found here.
With this new development, Irizar says it has kept expanding its wide range of technological solutions that can adapt to any need, including zero-emissions electric buses, diesel coaches, biofuel, natural gas, HVO, hybrid, biofuel, and B100.