Oxford Bus Company orders 104 Wrightbus electric buses

The Oxford Bus Company, which is part of the Go-Ahead Group, has ordered 104 electric buses from Irish manufacturer Wrightbus. The order comprises five single and 99 all-electric double-decker buses. Eight double-decker will have an open top and can be used as sightseeing buses.

All buses will hit the road by late 2023. They will be manufactured and assembled at the Wrightbus Ballymena factory in Northern Ireland.

The Go-Ahead Group is one of five major companies running buses in the UK. It already operates battery-electric buses in other British cities, such as London and Manchester and has ordered a fleet of hydrogen buses for the Crawley and Gatwick Airport area. Its goal is to operate an all-zero-emission fleet in the UK by 2035.

The additional buses will make Oxford Bus Company the second largest operator of zero-emission buses within the Go Ahead Group. The total number of zero-emission buses within the latter will then be 456.

The Oxfordshire County Council and the Department for Transport’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) are investing a total of 82.5 million British pounds in a total of 159 zero-emission buses for the region. Go-Ahead is investing a little more than 30 million pounds to update its fleet in Oxford.



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