Northern Ireland’s Wrightbus has launched a new hydrogen-fuelled bus. The Ballymena coach builder latest creation was unveiled by London Mayor Sadiq Khan at the Zero Emission Bus Conference and Summit in London yesterday.
Mayor Khan said there would be no more pure diesel double-deckers added to TfL’s fleet of buses from 2018. Earlier this year. the previous Mayor visited Ballymena, where he confirmed an order for another 195 Routemasters from Wrightbus, bringing the total to 1,000.
In addition, at least 20 new hydrogen buses are to be delivered as part of a £10m part-EU funded project supporting hydrogen technology. Transport for London (TfL) will provide at least £5m in funding.
The new bus features an all-new hydrogen fuel cell driveline from Wrightbus which it reports will be available to power single deck and double deck buses when it goes in to full production in 2017.
The new technology provides a zero-emission drive system which encompasses a hydrogen fuel cell and a battery pack to power the vehicle.
Offering a reliable system with no emissions, all Wrightbus hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will feature an electric drive axle packaged to allow a full flat floor throughout the bus, a zero-emission heating/cooling system, the ability for overnight charging if the operator desires, and remote diagnostics.
Dr William Wright CBE, Co-Founder & Director of Wrights Group, said: “Wrightbus is a company where innovation and technology is at the core of everything we do, and we have led the way in the practical development of clean vehicle technology in buses over many years.
This vehicle joins the recently launched StreetAir EV and brings an interesting new dimension to zero-emission bus technology offering transport operators a responsible choice to help address the world’s environmental challenges.”
The Wrights Group is a major investor in research and development, which has contributed to its position as a market leader in the production of hybrid and hydrogen-fuelled buses.
Wrightbus employs 1,800 people in Ballymena and recently purchased another site in the town as part of their major expansion plans.