Bus manufacturer Wrightbus has secured a new order to deliver 48 zero emission vehicles for Stagecoach in London.
The double deck Electroliners will be ready by the end of the year and will be manufactured at Wrightbus’s headquarters in Ballymena in Northern Ireland, supporting hundreds of new high-skilled jobs.
It comes on the back of a string of new orders, including a £25.3 million contract to supply 117 battery-electric vehicles for First Bus across the UK.
Founded in 1946, Wrightbus has been at the forefront of the movement to decarbonise public transport across the UK and Ireland with its world-first hydrogen double decker, the StreetDeck Hydroliner, alongside the Electroliner.
Ian Gillott, Managing Director (Parts and Services) at Wrightbus, said, “It has been a real team effort between Wrightbus and Stagecoach to deliver this exciting deal.
“It strengthens the reputation we have forged in the zero emission transport sector and will help play an important part in the UK’s ambitions for decarbonisation.
“Our electric buses – the GB Kite Electroliner BEV and the StreetDeck Electroliner BEV, which is the world’s most efficient double deck battery-electric bus – are 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.”
Sam Greer, Engineering Director for Stagecoach, said, “We are pleased to be adding a further 48 zero emission buses to our fleet in London.
“The investment we are making in zero emission vehicles will support our strategy to having a zero emission bus fleet across all our operations by 2035.”