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Wrightbus to supply first zero-emission double deckers for Ireland

23 June 2022 #Bus and Coach

Wrightbus has received an order to build the first double-deck battery-electric buses to join Ireland’s national fleet.

The National Transport Authority will roll out the Streetdeck Electroliner BEVs in Dublin and Limerick as part of a national framework agreement to procure up to 800 zero-emission electric buses over five years.

The buses, which will be manufactured and assembled at Wrightbus’s facility near Ballymena, in Northern Ireland, are expected to enter passenger service in 2023.

Of the initial €80.4m order, 100 are destined for use by Dublin Bus on services within the Dublin Metropolitan Area and 20 are destined for use by Bus Éireann in the Limerick Metropolitan Area.

Commissioning and training activities will get under way later this year, as will work on installing the necessary charging infrastructure.

On-board passenger facilities include seating for up to 65 passengers, a permanent wheelchair space and dedicated pram area, high-definition real-time passenger information displays, USB charging sockets and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Neil Collins, Managing Director at Wrightbus, said: “We are extremely proud of this historic deal, which is hugely significant for Ireland’s decarbonisation ambitions and for us here at Wrightbus.

“This deal further cements the reputation we have built in the zero-emission sector, and follows hot on the heels of historic deals in Australia and Germany.

“This shows our ambition to be at the forefront of the zero emission drive in cities, towns and rural areas across the world.”


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