Valladolid launches a pioneering recharging infrastructure for AUVASA's new electric buses
- The City Council's fleet of vehicles, with their modern and innovative design, will recharge their batteries with 100% green energy supplied by Iberdrola from renewable sources.
- Iberdrola has executed the electrification project of AUVASA's bus depots, providing them with the necessary infrastructure to charge these buses at night.
- This is the first installation of its kind in Spain, making it a key player in the decarbonisation of urban passenger transport in the city of Valladolid.
The Mayor of the city, Óscar Puente, accompanied by the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, the delegate of the Government in Castilla y León, Virginia Barcones, the manager of AUVASA, Álvaro Fernández, the delegate of Iberdrola in Castilla y León, Miguel Calvo, and the councilors of Mobility, Luis Vélez, and Urban Planning, Manuel Saravia, Miguel Calvo, and the councilors of Mobility, Luis Vélez, and Urban Planning, Manuel Saravia.
Valladolid City Council, AUVASA and Iberdrola join forces in the commitment to fight against climate change, decarbonisation of citiesExternal link, opens in new window. and sustainable mobilityExternal link, opens in new window. .
The Mayor of the city, Óscar Puente, accompanied by the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, the manager of AUVASA, Álvaro Fernández, and the delegate of Iberdrola in Castile and León, Miguel Calvo, visited the AUVASA depot this morning to see the pioneering charging infrastructure for the city's new electric buses.
Iberdrola has executed the electrification project that provides the municipal public transport company's facilities in Calle Bronce, in the Argales industrial estate, with the necessary infrastructure to charge up to 11 electric buses simultaneously at night. The installation can deliver up to 1.1 megawatts (MW) distributed by the 11 Jema Energy recharging equipment of 100 kilowatts (kW) each.
This is the first infrastructure of its kind to be implemented by the company in Spain, making it a key player in the decarbonisation of urban passenger transport in the city of Valladolid.
These vehicles, with their modern and innovative design, will recharge their batteries with 100% green energy supplied by Iberdrola from renewable sources.
This pioneering urban bus electrification project in Spain has been carried out thanks to the Moves Singulares II Programme, a programme of incentives for unique projects in electric mobility within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan to promote the transformation of the economy towards a more sustainable, resilient, inclusive and competitive model, as well as to intensify activity and create new public-private partnerships.
In a second phase, this installation will be extended with an innovative wireless charging infrastructure using an inverted pantograph, placing AUVASA at the forefront of this type of installation.
The Mayor of Valladolid, Óscar Puente, stressed that "this is a necessary infrastructure for the connection and electricity supply of AUVASA's modern fleet, a pioneer in Spain in terms of avant-garde and sustainable mobility. The city is taking advantage of the aid managed through the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda to promote the change of mobility in the city, moving towards a greener, friendlier model that improves the quality of life of all people, also betting on intermodality without neglecting the essential public character for this type of service".
Iberdrola's delegate in Castile and León, Miguel Calvo, stressed that "the electric bus is the most economical and sustainable solution for transport in our cities. Iberdrola accompanies public and private operators on their journey towards the electrification of the fleet, starting with initial advice, through the implementation of infrastructure projects such as Valladolid and including the long-term stable supply of energy from renewable sources. We continue to move towards decarbonisation and energy self-sufficiency through the electrification of two key sectors of our economy, transport and industry. The scale of this challenge requires public-private partnerships like this one, which have the technology and know-how to accelerate the well-being of citizens and contribute to the development of more sustainable cities."
Zero emission vehicles for a more sustainable city
The new vehicles have the latest generation electric batteries, with a capacity of 630 kWh of on-board energy and a double charging system, inverted pantograph and charging by smart plug in depots, manufactured by Jema Energy, an Irizar Group company. The inverted pantograph charging system means that when the bus arrives at the depot, communication is established between the bus and the charger, so that the pantograph is placed on the vehicle and charging is carried out automatically.
These are the first electric buses with night-time charging to circulate in Valladolid, and are part of the ambitious programme to renew the urban fleet.
The new buses will have a capacity to carry up to 105 passengers and have four doors, allowing fluid access and transit, helping to improve the commercial speed of the line. They also have technological systems that increase front, side and rear visibility by replacing the traditional rear-view mirrors with cameras and advanced driving assistance systems, improving the protection of pedestrians and cyclists and the manoeuvrability of the vehicle.
The new Irizar ie tram zero emissions model, better adapted to the company's new image, contributes to improving the environment, as it is a zero emissions vehicle with low noise levels that also guarantees optimum operating costs and autonomy.
Sustainable Mobility Infrastructure Deployment Plan
Iberdrola is aware of the need to promote electromobility in SpainExternal link, opens in new window. through coordinated and effective action with the main agents involved. In this regard, the company has already completed more than 60 infrastructure deployment agreements with administrations, institutions, companies, service stations, dealers and electric vehicle manufacturers.
The company leads the public recharging infrastructure in Spain and Portugal with more than 3,200 points in operation and others under development, which are powered by renewable energy to decarbonise transport from start to finish. Iberdrola is thus making progress in its plan to deploy sustainable mobility infrastructure in Castile and León, where it has more than 320 public charging stations in service in all provinces.
Iberdrola is carrying out a sustainable mobility plan,External link, opens in new window. with an investment of 150 million euros, with which it will intensify the deployment of charging points for electric vehicles in the coming years. The initiative envisages the installation of around 150,000 charging points, both in homes and in companies, as well as on urban roads, in cities and on the main motorways in the coming years. The commitment to the deployment of high-efficiency stations will take the form of ultra-fast (over 320 kW), super-fast (over 120 kW) and fast (50 kW) stations.
La compañía lidera la infraestructura de recarga pública en España y Portugal con más de 3.200 puntos operativos y otros tantos en desarrollo, que cuentan con energía renovable para descarbonizar el transporte de principio a fin. Iberdrola avanza así en su plan de despliegue de infraestructura de movilidad sostenible en Castilla y León, donde cuenta con más de 320 plazas de recarga pública en servicio distribuidas en todas las provincias.
Iberdrola lleva a cabo un plan de movilidad sostenibleEnlace externo, se abre en ventana nueva. , con una inversión de 150 millones de euros, con el que intensificará el despliegue de puntos de recarga para vehículos eléctricos en los próximos años. La iniciativa prevé la instalación de cerca de 150.000 puntos de recarga, tanto en hogares, como en empresas, así como en vía urbana, en ciudades y en las principales autovías en los próximos años. La apuesta por el despliegue de estaciones de alta eficiencia se concretará en la instalación de estaciones ultrarrápidas (más de 320 kW), superrápidas (más de 120 kW) y rápidas (50 kW).