Metroline has ordered 39 double-deck StreetDeck Electroliner BEVs for services across London and Hertfordshire. The buses will be operating on Routes 297 and 142, which include services in London boroughs of Brent and Ealing, Harrow and Barnet as well as Watford in Hertfordshire.
The new EV buses will be built at the Wrightbus facility in Ballymena.
Ian Foster, group engineering director, Metroline, says: “Metroline is extremely pleased to continue our relationship with Wrightbus following the latest additions to our electric vehicle fleet, having previously worked closely with them on our hydrogen bus specification and roll out.
“Our testing of the new electric vehicle has shown an excellent level of power usage per mile, and we are confident that, working closely with the development team at Wrightbus, these figures will continue to improve.”
Ben Werth, chief commercial officer, Wrightbus, adds: “We are delighted to announce this order from Metroline, further demonstrating their commitment to offering zero-emission public transport. All of the buses will be manufactured and assembled at our Ballymena factory, which means support for jobs in Northern Ireland, and wider across the UK through our domestic supply chain.”
This order follows a series of deals for Wrightbus with First Bus, the National Transport Authority in Ireland, as well as contracts in Australia and Germany.