Arriva London has placed a further order for battery-electric buses with Wrightbus. It will see the Ballymena manufacturer deliver an additional 76 StreetDeck Electroliner double-deckers to the operator, and 11 GB Kite Electroliner single-deckers.
The vehicles will arrive in the capital from July. They follow an order for 34 StreetDeck Electroliners placed by Arriva London in late 2023, which was preceded by a deal for 50 such examples that are already in service.
87 buses in the latest agreement “represents one of Arriva UK Bus’s largest investments in zero-emission fleet,” notes Wrightbus. The manufacturer has highlighted the StreetDeck Electroliner’s low energy consumption as an indication of its range capabilities, and its rapid charging time as suiting the London application.
Arriva London Managing Director Marcos Hart has described the latest order with Wrightbus as “a fantastic milestone on our journey to making our bus network across London even greener,” and that the vehicles “will help us to continue delivering the high-performing and sustainable public transport network that our customers deserve.”
Wrightbus CEO Jean-Marc Gales adds: “This is another significant deal for Wrightbus, and we are delighted to once again be partnering Arriva in the drive to zero-emission public transport.
“Arriva, like us, is consistently at the forefront of new and exciting technology, and zero-emission travel. This latest deal further strengthens the reputation we have forged in the zero-emission transport sector, and will help to play an important part in the UK’s ambitions for decarbonisation.
“We cannot wait to see even more of our buses in operation in London, which will help passengers to enjoy comfortable and cleaner transport.”