Wrightbus wins Scots orders

Wrightbus has won three orders in Scotland, in total for a dozen Euro 5 Micro Hybrid StreetLite buses, and all are from customers new to the Ballymena-based manufacturer.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport has ordered eight 10.8m 40-seaters with three-point belts, its first purchase from Wrightbus. They will work on the Isle of Arran.

Prior to winning the order from SPT, a StreetLite demonstrator was extensively tested on Arran against those from a number of other manufacturers.

Two 9.5m wheel-forward StreetLites are on order for Edinburgh Airport-based Secure Airparks. They are part-funded via Transport for Scotland’s Green Bus Fund, thanks to their Micro Hybrid capability.

It has also won an order from Wilson’s of Rhu for two Euro 5 StreetLite buses (an 8.8m and a 9.5m), for use on commercial routes around Helensburgh and the surrounding areas in Argyll.

The pair are also part-funded by Transport for Scotland’s Green Bus Fund. The vehicles were predominantly selected due to their “excellent fuel consumption credentials.”

Says Wrightbus’ Commercial Director, Sam McLaren: “Our StreetLites not only have an excellent reputation with our existing customer base, but are now also bringing a new range of customers to our portfolio.

“This is the second order we’ve received this year as a result of Transport for Scotland’s Green Bus Fund initiative, which is going a long way to promoting the quality of our vehicles and their green credentials.”

Developed exclusively by Wrightbus, its Micro Hybrid technology uses surplus energy generated by the bus’s braking system, which is then redistributed to the power pneumatics, hydraulic and electrical systems that would otherwise require further power from the engine. This can lead to a fuel consumption reduction of up to 10%, which in turn will provide savings over the normal 15-year service life of the bus.