Wrightbus wins new hydrogen bus order from GB transport group

BALLYMENA’s manufacturer Wrightbus has secured a new order for its hydrogen fuel cell buses.

UK public transport company Go-Ahead has signed the contract which will see single-decker vehicles deployed by Brighton & Hove and Metrobus next June.

The GB Kite Hydroliners manufactured by Wrightbus will be the first hydrogen-powered vehicles in Go-Ahead’s fleet of over 6,000 buses.

A second tranche of 34 hydrogen buses is also planned.

It comes just a day after Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon announced an agreement to purchase 38 Wrightbus battery-powered electric buses for the Derry City urban network.

Wrightbus executive chairman Jo Bamford said greenhouse gases from transport accounted for a third of the UK’s total carbon emissions.

“To date, our world-class two-stage hydroliners have prevented one million kg of CO2 from entering the atmosphere,” he said.

“The introduction of the new single-stage GB Kite Hydroliner will help prevent the release of even more carbon. It’s fantastic to see Brighton & Hove and Metrobus take this vital and progressive step towards decarbonising public transport to help the UK meet its ambitious net zero goals. “

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