Wrightbus extends electric options with new 10.6m StreetAir EV DF
Wrightbus has launched a new electric bus which is based on its StreetDeck chassis and will be the future platform for single- and double-deck variants at 10.6m lengths. The StreetAir EV DF (door forward) is an 18tonne plug-in vehicle and joins the 9.5m StreetAir EV WF (wheel forward) which has recently been on a demonstration tour in Europe and was first shown on the Wrights Group stand at Euro Bus Expo in 2012; it has since undergone two driveline upgrades.
Both the StreetAir EV WF and StreetAir EV DF models will be available with three main charging options - overnight (plug-in), inductive (as used on the Milton Keynes trial) and conductive (pantograph) charging.
The StreetAir EV WF is available in lengths from 8.8m to 9.5m in wheel forward format. Featuring the Siemens ELFA 2 electric drive system, the StreetAir EV WF used on the demonstration tour of European operators is the ‘plug-in’ version, with overnight charging providing 150 miles, or 18 hours of service per day, according to Wrightbus.
Versions of both vehicles will be part of a demonstration programme which will run throughout 2016 and 2017, with series production due to start in 2017.
“At Wrightbus we have committed ourselves to the design of cleaner, greener buses and have been at the forefront of electric bus technology for more than a decade now,” says William Wright , who heads up the alternative driveline division at Wrightbus. “Our team is highly knowledgeable with class-leading expertise in the techniques of electric vehicle development.
“Our philosophy is to provide a range of fully flexible products, particularly in relation to the charging methodology, while built on standard product platforms. This way, the customer can decide which type of technology and format best suits their requirements and those of the location in which they operate, rather than being dictated by us, the manufacturer. Our team are able to advise and support them to create a bespoke offering which is specifically tailored to their individual requirements and operations.”
Ian Downie, Wrightbus managing director, sales, welcomed the recent announcement of OLEV funding for low carbon buses: “We very much welcome the Government’s initiative to promote greener buses and are pleased to learn the details of the recent results announcement.
“The investment is not only good for the environment, it is also driving innovation across the industry.
“We are in discussions with OLEV winning authorities and operators, and placement of any orders with us will be announced in due course upon completion.”