Go-Ahead London has announced it is to trial the rapid-charge StreetDeck Electroliner, built by Northern Ireland-based manufacturer Wrightbus, this month.
The vehicle, launched in 2021, has been on a UK-wide tour, including in London previously, to give bus operators and local authorities the chance to see it in action and showcase its capabilities.
Dozens of Wrightbus’s EVs are set to be rolled out across the capital after the firm also secured new orders with Arriva and Abellio last year.
Official assessments undertaken at the UTAC Millbrook test track using the ZEMO-accredited Ultra Low Emission Bus (ULEB) test showed that the Electroliner achieved a result of 0.69kWh/km.
Chris McKeown, Go-Ahead London’s Engineering Director, said, “As the UK’s largest and most experienced electric bus operator, we are working with Transport for London 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.”
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.
“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.”