London operator Metroline has placed an order for 39 zero-emissions buses with Wrightbus for routes in London and Hertfordshire. 39 battery-electric StreetDeck Electroliner double-deckers will help Metroline increase the number of vehicles in its zero-emissions fleet, to the benefit of local communities and the environment.
Ian Foster, Group Engineering Director at Metroline, said: “Metroline is extremely pleased to continue our relationship with Wrightbus following the latest additions to our electric vehicle fleet, having previously worked closely with them on our hydrogen bus specification and roll out. Our testing of the new electric vehicle has shown an excellent level of power usage per mile, and we are confident that, working closely with the development team at Wrightbus, these figures will continue to improve.
“As with the hydrogen bus order, it is essential that wherever possible we purchase vehicles with a high local build content, supporting the UK supply chain backing our own technical expertise in the zero-emissions arena.”
Ben Werth, Chief Commercial Officer at Wrightbus, said: “We are delighted to announce this order from Metroline, further demonstrating its commitment to offering zero-emission public transport. All of the buses will be 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. We’re also proud to say our StreetDeck Electroliner BEV is the world’s most efficient double decker battery-electric bus.”