Zero-emission fleet hits 2m miles

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Wrightbus reports that its fleet of zero-emission buses have travelled two million miles since they first entered service last year. The milestone – the equivalent of driving around the world 80 times – means the fleet of hydrogen and battery electric buses have prevented an estimated total of almost 3,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions entering the atmosphere compared to journeys made by an equivalent diesel bus, the same as taking around 800 cars off the roads for a whole year.

Ben Werth, Chief Commercial Officer at Wrightbus, said: “Hitting the 2 million mile mark is an immense achievement for us – and seeing the impact our zero-emissions fleet is having on communities is incredibly gratifying. Our buses are world-leading, with our teams working tirelessly and innovatively, in order to help play a crucial role in the UK’s ambitions for decarbonisation.

“These latest figures are astounding to see but it means we must continue to strengthen the case for further support for zero-emissions transport, both in the UK and around the globe, to ensure net zero targets are met.”

Wrightbus unveiled its Hydroliner – the world’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker – in Aberdeen in 2020, with a fleet of buses entering passenger service the following January. The firm believes its StreetDeck Electroliner battery-electric is the world’s most efficient double-deck electric bus, following assessments undertaken at the UTAC test facility using the Zemo-accredited Ultra Low Emission Bus (ULEB) test. According to calculations, the Electroliner also produces 86% less CO2 per km than the Zemo Euro VI diesel baseline.

First Aberdeen launched its first Wrightbus Hydroliners into service in 2020. JONATHAN WELCH