Abellio, part of the Transport UK Group, has placed new orders for 80 electric buses with Northern Ireland-based Wrightbus for its operations in London.
The orders consist of 24 single-deck fully electric GB Kite Electroliners and 56 double-deck StreetDeck Electroliners which will be rolled out across the capital in 2024, operated by Abellio on behalf of Transport for London.
These new-look 2024 Kites come with several 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 more than 100.
Official assessments undertaken at UTAC Millbrook using the ZEMO-accredited Ultra Low Emission Bus (ULEB) test showed that the Electronlier achieved a result of 0.69 kWh/km.
Also, the bus interiors have been designed in partnership with Abellio to provide increased comfort for customers.
They are fitted with Lazzerini high back seats throughout, and a wood-effect floor adds to the design. USB chargers and mobile phone holders in the seats mean passengers can work or relax more easily.
Priority seats feature a contrasting colour scheme, and the vehicles also have a larger wheelchair and buggy area, improving accessibility.
The buses are being manufactured at the Wrightbus headquarters in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
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.”