Abellio London orders 80 e-buses from Wrightbus
Abellio London is one of the various operators contracted by Transport for London to serve specific routes in the city. Arriva recently also reported ordering new buses from Wrightbus.
As for Abellio, Wrightbus will supply 24 GB Kite Electroliner solo buses and 56 StreetDeck Electroliner double-deckers throughout 2024.
The large bus claims 0.69 kWh/km, around half the energy consumed by its closest BEV double-deck UK rival and significantly better than all other BEV single-deck buses published on the ZEMO website, according to Wrightbus.
The manufacturer adds that the “new-look 2024 Kites come with a number of safety features to make them compliant with TfL’s safety standards, including front and nearside blind spot warnings, tyre pressure monitoring system, automated emergency braking system, and dynamic stability test”.
The interior adheres to Abellio requirements, such as high back seats throughout, and a wood-effect floor and USB chargers and mobile phone holders in the seats. The vehicles also have a larger wheelchair and buggy area.
“It has been a real team effort between Wrightbus and Abellio to deliver these orders, which will help customers enjoy cleaner transport,” said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO at Wrightbus.
Jon Eardley, Abellio’s Managing Director, said: “Abellio sits at the forefront of EV bus technology in London, leading the way with the introduction of zero-emission buses across our six London depots”.
The depots are being electrified with Zenobe, the same company also working with Arriva.
Abellio reportedly also runs Zero-emission buses built by Caetano and BYD-ADL in London.
This latest batch will be made at Wrightbus’s headquarters in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.