Wrightbus celebrates CO2 milestone

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Wrightbus says it has prevented one million kilograms (1,000 tonnes) of harmful carbon dioxide emissions entering the atmosphere since the launch of its world-first hydrogen double decker buses – just two years after the company was bought out of administration. The reduction in emissions, from 600,000 miles covered by Wrightbus’s fleet of hydrogen-powered buses, is the equivalent of taking more than 230 cars off the roads for a whole year.

Wrightbus launched its first zero-emission bus – the Streetdeck Hydroliner – last year in Aberdeen, with the fleet entering passenger service in January 2021. The Hydroliner bus emits only water from its tailpipe, with no harmful emissions.

In addition to the Aberdeen fleet, the company’s zero-emission hydrogen buses are currently in operation in London, Dublin and Belfast. A further 20 buses have been delivered to Birmingham, with several other local authorities looking to introduce them to their town and city streets to improve local air quality.

Wrightbus also recently unveiled the Streetdeck Electroliner – its first double-decker EV bus, claimed to be the fastest charging double deck EV on the market at just two hours 45 minutes.

In the run-up to the COP26 climate conference which begins in Glasgow this weekend, the first ever Streetdeck Hydroliner model undertook a nationwide tour from London to Scotland.

When green entrepreneur Jo Bamford took over Wrightbus in October 2019, only 56 staff remained in the business. Just two years on, and largely thanks to its new zero-emission products, Wrightbus is now on track to have more than 900 staff over the next few months once its latest recruitment drive is complete.

“Hitting such a landmark on the eve of COP26 is incredibly emotive,” said Jo. “When we set out on this journey our aim was to offer multiple zero-emission solutions, but to see this number on paper – one million kilogrammes of CO2 saved – really puts our efforts into context. At Wrightbus we have been relentless in our commitment to zero-emission transport but even though these figures are impressive we cannot let up. As we showcase the Wrightbus Hydroliner, the world’s first hydrogen double-decker bus, to world leaders at COP26, we will continue to press the case for more support for zero-emissions transport.”

A Wrightbus Hydroliner at ITT Hub earlier this year. RICHARD SHARMAN