Tuesday, 30th October 2018
EURO BUS EXPO 2018, NEC BIRMINGHAM
30 OCTOBER – 1 NOVEMBER
WRIGHTS GROUP STAND NUMBER J10, HALL 5
A five-year framework agreement with Translink has been instrumental in the progressive introduction of technology, which is helping to transform service provision at the publicly-owned transport operator in Northern Ireland.
That was the view of Wrights Group Chairman & CEO Mark Nodder OBE, as the company showcased the latest vehicle to be delivered into Translink - a StreetDeck hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) double deck bus – at Euro Bus Expo 2018.
“Our relationship with Translink goes back many years now, but a five-year framework agreement signed in 2017 has meant that we have been able to work even more closely with the integrated public transport operator of the Metro, NI Railways and Ulsterbus, to plan, test and progressively introduce new technology into their bus fleet, for the benefit of all stakeholders.”
The vehicle featured on the stand at the NEC in Birmingham – a StreetDeck HEV - combines two key technologies – Hybrid Electric and Micro Hybrid – to deliver an exceptionally fuel efficient, high passenger carrying capacity vehicle with very low emissions. It is one of 28 StreetDeck HEVs to have been delivered to the Northern Irish operator in recent months.
The Wrightbus HEV system, in combination with the Daimler OM934 Euro VI engine, is an operationally-proven Hybrid Electric propulsion system. The StreetDeck HEV builds on the third generation of Wrightbus Micro Hybrid technology, which utilises engine stop/start, E-Air, E-PAS and E-Fan to deliver fuel savings. Combining the hybrid electric drive to this tried and tested platform results in one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles produced by the company to date.
With a passenger carrying capacity of up to 87 (74 seated/12 standing/1 wheelchair space or 71 seated/14 standing/1 wheelchair, overall length is 10.5 metres with a width of 2.55 metres.
Interior features include high back E-leather seats with integral USB points and a Wi-Fi system, along with under seat ‘mood’ lighting and LED interior saloon lights. The spacious driver’s workspace is fitted with a KAB 414 seat, electronic power assisted steering, full camera system and monitor. LED destination displays are situated at the front and rear of the bus.
“The introduction into service of the bus you see on the stand is a result of close co-operation, planning and development and in-service testing with Translink. It has also involved significant research and development input from W-Tech, Wrightbus’s joint technology venture with Queens University Belfast.
“Working within a longer-term framework agreement has allowed all parties to commit to the appropriate levels of investment and the StreetDeck HEV presented at the show demonstrates just what can be achieved from such as partnership arrangement. Expect more to come from this approach in the coming years too.”