Northern Irish bus manufacturer Wrightbus has unveiled the latest addition to its zero-emission range – a rapid-charge electric double-deck, which can deliver a range of 200 miles.
The StreetDeck Electroliner – the first electric vehicle from Wrightbus – utilises a French battery pack that delivers 454kw and a 200-mile range. Wrightbus add that the Electroliner will recharge in two hours 45 minutes and can cope with all routes, whether urban or rural.
Capacity has not been compromised as the batteries are stored around the bus to ensure passenger capacity comfort is not compromised, according to Wrightbus.
Rescued from administration by green entrepreneur Jo Bamford in October 2019, the company has previously launched hydrogen buses – including a world-first double decker – which are already in operation in Aberdeen, London, Belfast and Dublin.
Wrightbus’ CEO Buta Atwal said the company continues to deliver on its net zero promise. “We have gained a strong reputation for our hydrogen double deck, but we want to lead the world in zero-emissions full stop,” he explained.
“Wrightbus has the best brains in the business when it comes to technology and our StreetDeck Electroliner puts us squarely at the front of the pack.
“We haven’t weighed the bus down with a high battery volume just so we can say it’s got the most power or range; instead, we want to be the most efficient vehicle on the road, so we’ve combined optimum power with a class-leading rapid charge meaning our electric bus spends more time on the road than any other.”