Go-Ahead London trialling StreetDeck Electroliner
Go-Ahead London is trialling a Wrightbus StreetDeck Electroliner, the first ever EV built by the Northern Ireland-based manufacturer. It is the latest stop on the vehicle’s UK-wide tour.
Dozens of Wrightbus’s EVs are set to be rolled out across the capital after the firm secured new orders with Arriva and Abellio last year.
“We’re confident both our customers and passengers will enjoy the experience” – Jean-Marc Gales, CEO at Wrightbus
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO at Wrightbus, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing the world’s most efficient double-deck EV bus on the streets of London to show everyone what it is capable of. We’re confident both our customers and passengers will enjoy the experience.
“We’ve created the most efficient vehicle by combining optimum power with a class-leading rapid charge, meaning our electric bus spends more time on the road than any other.
“This vehicle brings an interesting new dimension to bus technology, offering transport operators a choice to help address the world’s environmental challenges.”
Jean-Marc added: “Innovation and technology is at the core of everything we do. We are the only manufacturer in Europe to offer a complete suite of zero-emission buses, with both battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell single and double decks.”
“Go-Ahead London has a long association with Wrightbus and I welcome the opportunity to trial the StreetDeck Electroliner” – Chris McKeown, Go-Ahead London’s Engineering Director
Chris McKeown, Go-Ahead London’s Engineering Director, said: “As the UK’s largest and most experienced electric bus operator, we are working with TfL and our innovative supply chain to deliver a sustainable, zero-emission future for the capital’s iconic red buses.
“Go-Ahead London has a long association with Wrightbus and I welcome the opportunity to trial the StreetDeck Electroliner, which we will robustly evaluate over the coming months.”
Official assessments undertaken at UTAC using the ZEMO-accredited Ultra Low Emission Bus (ULEB) test showed that the Electroliner achieved a result of 0.69 kWh/km, above all other BEV single-deck bus results published on the ZEMO website. According to ULEB calculations, the StreetDeck Electroliner also produces 86% less CO2 per km than the ZEMO Euro VI Diesel baseline.