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First Electrocity order for Wrightbus

WRIGHTBUS has won an order for six Electrocity hybrid-electric buses for London Central. The order is the first for the Electrocity which has undergone extensive operator trials over the past year. The vehicles will start operating in the summer on the 360 route Elephant Castle-Royal Albert Hall which is one of the few single-deck services operating in central London.

The project has been sponsored by Transport for London, and is described as a three-way partnership between TfL, London Central and Wrightbus.

“This project builds on Transport for London’s commitment to improving the environmental management of London’s bus fleet,” says Mike Weston, London Buses operations director. “It is an important step forward in examining ways of reducing emissions, and I anticipate that the results of the Electrocity operation will play a part in helping us decide on the types of vehicles we should be operating in London in the future.”

Phil Margrave, London Central engineering director, welcomes the opportunity to be involved in the first major evaluation of hybrid vehicles in London. “This will give us valuable experience in deciding what types of vehicles we should be buying in the years ahead.

“That the Electrocity fits into our existing operation with no need for new or altered depot infrastructure is a significant benefit.”

Offering significant reductions in noise levels, vibration and emissions, the Wright Electrocity is powered by a heavy-duty 120kW electric drive train coupled to a 1.9-litre Euro 4 common-rail diesel engine. Regenerative braking harnesses additional energy which would otherwise be lost, and the vehicle has the latest generation lead acid batteries It has a similar operating range to a conventional diesel bus in urban service.

For Wrightbus the Electrocity marks another milestone in innovation in the capital, according to vice president, business development Mark Nodder: “Wrightbus was first in London with fully-accessible low-floor vehicles and now we are the first with hybrid buses.

“The beauty of the Electrocity is that it is a fully-engineered product which has undergone extensive trials and is available now. It can also operate from existing depots with no need for investment in infrastructure, and it has the range to cover a full day’s operation just like a conventional diesel bus.”

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