Metroline orders 39 electric Wrightbuses
Metroline has placed an order for 39 Wrightbus StreetDeck Electroliner battery electric buses.
The vehicles will be used on Routes 297 and 142 across London and Hertfordshire.
“Our testing of the new electric vehicle has shown an excellent level of power usage per mile” – Ian Foster, Group Engineering Director at Metroline
Ian Foster, Group Engineering Director at Metroline, said: “Metroline is extremely pleased to continue our relationship with Wrightbus following the latest additions to our electric vehicle fleet, having previously worked closely with them on our hydrogen bus specification and roll out.
“Our testing of the new electric vehicle has shown an excellent level of power usage per mile, and we are confident that, working closely with the development team at Wrightbus, these figures will continue to improve.
“As with the hydrogen bus order, it is essential that wherever possible we purchase vehicles with a high local build content, supporting the UK supply chain backing our own technical expertise in the zero-emissions arena.”
“This order follows a series of historic deals with First Bus, the National Transport Authority (NTA), as well as in Australia and Germany” – Ben Werth, Chief Commercial Officer at Wrightbus
Ben Werth, Chief Commercial Officer at Wrightbus, said: “We are delighted to announce this order from Metroline, further demonstrating their commitment to offering zero-emission public transport.
“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.
“We’re also proud to say our StreetDeck Electroliner BEV is the world’s most efficient double decker battery-electric bus.
“It’s been a triumphant year for Wrightbus. This order follows a series of historic deals with First Bus, the National Transport Authority (NTA), as well as in Australia and Germany. 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.”