World’s Most Efficient Double Deck Electric Battery Bus Visits Nottingham As City Eyes Zero Emission Transport

1 month ago Fri 1st Jul 2022

Electroliner bus

The world's most efficient double deck battery-electric bus has visited Nottingham as part of a UK-wide tour to demonstrate its zero-emission capabilities.

The zero emission rapid-charge StreetDeck Electroliner - the first ever EV from pioneering bus builder Wrightbus and the fastest charging on the market - was launched by the firm last year. Official tests recently revealed the bus to be the most energy-efficient of its kind on the market.

The visit comes after Nottingham City Transport began to look at options for electric double deck buses following its successful joint funding with Nottingham City Council of £15m of Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) funding earlier this year to electrify its single deck fleet.

Nottingham City Transport has ambitious plans to become one of the UK’s first carbon neutral bus operators, supporting the City Council’s Carbon Neutral Nottingham 2028 campaign.

The StreetDeck Electroliner is the perfect combination of range and efficiency, maximising power and offering class-leading recharge times.

Official assessments undertaken at UTAC using the ZEMO-accredited Ultra Low Emission Bus (ULEB) test showed that the StreetDeck Electroliner achieved a result of 0.69 kWh/km - around half the energy consumed by its closest BEV double deck UK rival and significantly better than all other BEV single deck bus results published on the ZEMO website.

Not only is it more energy-efficient, but according to ULEB calculations, the StreetDeck Electroliner also produces an impressive 86 per cent less CO2 per km than the ZEMO Euro6 Diesel baseline.

Energy savings compared to the equivalent StreetDeck Ultroliner ultra-low diesel bus mean the StreetDeck Electroliner is £14,500 cheaper to run a year (based on today’s subsidised diesel price vs today’s electricity price over annual distances of 80,000kms per annum).

Utilising a French battery pack which delivers 454kw and a 200-mile range, the Electroliner can recharge in two hours 45 minutes and copes with all routes, whether urban or rural.

Nor has the bus compromised on layout or capacity, with batteries efficiently stored around the bus to ensure passenger capacity and comfort is maximised.

Founded in 1946, Wrightbus has been at the forefront of public transport for more than 75 years and is still based in the heart of Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

It has been at the forefront of the movement to decarbonise public transport across the UK and the island of Ireland with its world-first hydrogen double decker, the StreetDeck Hydroliner, alongside the Electroliner.

To date, Wrightbus zero emission vehicles have prevented more than 1,600 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere versus the same journeys being completed in a diesel vehicle.

Wrightbus CEO, Buta Atwal, said: “We’ve got the best brains in the business when it comes to zero emission technology, and our StreetDeck Electroliner is no exception.

“It’s been a privilege to bring the world’s most efficient double deck EV bus to Nottingham to show everyone what it is capable of. Since the bus was launched last year, we’ve had significant interest from across the UK and beyond, but due to the various lockdowns and restrictions we’ve found ourselves living with, it has been difficult at times for our customers to get really hands-on with the bus.

“We haven’t weighed the bus down with a high battery volume just so we can say it’s got the most power or range; instead, we’ve created the most efficient vehicle by combining optimum power with a class-leading rapid charge, meaning our electric bus spends more time on the road than any other. We’re confident our customers will enjoy the experience.”

Liam O’Brien, Nottingham City Transport’s Head of Engineering said, “With momentum building behind the electrification of our single deck fleet following the successful ZEBRA funding award, having the StreetDeck Electroliner bus on trial has been hugely beneficial, as we start to turn our attention to future options for electrifying our double deck fleet”

As part of the tour, the bus will also visit operators in Warrington, Oxford, Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, Bradford, Blackpool, and Manchester. The tour will also see the vehicle visit Scotland and Northern Ireland over the coming months, giving local authorities and bus operators the chance to see the bus in action.