Horn to drive Irizar bus sales
Irizar is aiming to build a market for its i2e single-deck bus with the appointment of former Optare and East Lancs sales director John Horn as its new bus project manager. Horn will have special responsibility to develop the i2e in the UK.
“By 2020, London will want 200 electric buses,” says Horn. “But the potential for i2e includes provincial green bus schemes and, in particular, intensive services such as park-and-ride.
“In i2e, I have an electric bus which has a genuine 200km range on one charge and is already proving itself in three Spanish cities and with the European Community’s ZeEUS electric bus project. The key to sales will be ensuring operators have confidence in the battery life and see the benefits of the up-front infrastructure cost.
“The fact that this vehicle is already successfully operating in San Sebastian, Barcelona, Madrid and now tested in Marseilles, Southern France, means we have the operational data to support the performance Irizar claims.”
Horn says he will be splitting his time between the UK and Spain, where the i2e is built, and ensuring the specification of vehicles to the UK matches operators’ requirements.
The Irizar i2e was developed with Irizar Group’s own technology, from Irizar subsidiary companies Hispacold, Jema electronics, ‘intelligent’ technology company Datic, and accessibility systems manufacturer Masats, with research and development by Creatio, its new R&D centre.