Abellio orders 80 electric Wrightbuses for London
Abellio has placed new orders for 80 electric buses with Wrightbus.
The orders consist of 24 single-deck GB Kite Electroliners and 56 StreetDeck Electroliners for use in London. The buses are due to be rolled out across the capital in 2024.
The new-look 2024 Kites come with a number of safety features to make them compliant with TfL’s bus safety standards, including front and nearside blindspot warnings, tyre pressure monitoring system, automated emergency braking system and dynamic stability test.
The deal also takes Abellio’s total order of StreetDeck Electroliners with Wrightbus to over 100.
The bus interiors have been designed in partnership with Abellio to provide increased comfort for customers, with each to be fitted with Lazzerini high back seats and a wood-effect floor, as well as USB chargers and mobile phone holders.
“Abellio’s investment in state-of-the-art EV fleet and comprehensive infrastructure has already provided millions of customers with comfortable, cleaner, and greener journeys” – Jon Eardley, Managing Director of Abellio
Jon Eardley, Managing Director of Abellio, said: “Abellio sits at the forefront of EV bus technology in London, leading the way with the introduction of zero-emission buses across our six London depots.
“We are proud to support Transport for London and the Mayor of London’s goals to decarbonise London’s streets.
“Abellio’s investment in state-of-the-art EV fleet and comprehensive infrastructure has already provided millions of customers with comfortable, cleaner, and greener journeys.
“We are very excited about the future as we energise all six of our London depots and work in partnership with Wrightbus to serve our customers with innovative zero-emission journeys.”
“It has been a real team effort between Wrightbus and Abellio to deliver these orders, which will help customers enjoy cleaner transport” – Jean-Marc Gales, CEO at Wrightbus
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO at Wrightbus, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Abellio to further demonstrate their commitment to offering even more zero-emission public transport in London.
“It has been a real team effort between Wrightbus and Abellio to deliver these orders, which will help customers enjoy cleaner transport.
“We’re immensely proud of the reputation we have forged in the zero-emission transport sector and the important role we are playing in the UK’s ambitions for decarbonisation.
“All of the buses will be manufactured and assembled at our Ballymena factory, which means support for jobs in Northern Ireland, and wider across the UK through our domestic supply chain.”