Arriva orders 34 more electric double-deckers from Wrightbus

Wrightbus has received a follow-up order from bus operator Arriva in London. After the latter already ordered 50 electric double-deckers of the type StreetDeck Electroliner BEV from Wrightbus in April, the operator now wants 34 more units.

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These 34 new electric double-deckers will be delivered at the beginning of 2024 and used on route 279, according to Wrightbus. Arriva London’s electric bus fleet will thus grow to more than 100 vehicles.

The model ordered is the StreetDeck Electroliner BEV, which will be built at Wrightbus headquarters in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Launched in July 2021, the electric double-decker offers up to 74 seats and 21 standing places. The batteries are housed in the underbody and rear, and the overall battery pack is available in 340 or 454 kWh configurations. With the latter energy content, it has a range of up to 200 miles (about 320 kilometres), according to Wrightbus. The manufacturer also emphasises the bus’ fast-charging capability: they can be charged with up to 300 kW via CCS and with up to 420 kW via pantograph.

At the time of the initial order of 50 StreetDeck Electroliner BEVs in April, Arriva announced that, after Brixton, it would also set up charging infrastructure by Zenobe at its depots in Enfield and Thornton Heath. The 34 vehicles from the current order will be based at the Enfield depot.

“We’re delighted to once again be partnering with Wrightbus to welcome a further 34 zero-emission electric vehicles into our growing electric operation,” says Marcos Hart, operations director for Arriva UK Bus. “In addition to enhancing the onboard experience for our passengers, this investment is a further demonstration of our commitment to delivering a sustainable and environmentally friendly bus network, while supporting TfL’s long-term vision for London.”

“Our continued partnership with Arriva is hugely significant in the drive to zero-emission public transport,” adds Jean-Marc Gales, chief executive at Wrightbus. “We can’t wait to see even more of our buses in operation, which will help passengers enjoy comfortable and cleaner transport.”


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