The National Transport Authority of Ireland is tendering up to 600 hybrid diesel-electric double-decker buses under the BusConnects programme over a period of approximately five years.
According to the NTA, it intends to conclude a framework agreement with a single supplier. The tender is part of the transition to low-emission buses in urban fleets, including future electric buses.
The buses in the current tender are diesel-electric vehicles. The double-deckers will provide at least 40 seats on the upper deck and 17 more on the lower deck. There will also be a wide entrance door with a motorised ramp for wheelchair users. According to the NTA, the first vehicles could be delivered before the end of 2020.
“The new hybrid buses are expected to be at least 30% more energy efficient than current diesel-only buses, and as a result will reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions,” an NTA spokesperson said.