More zero-emission Ballymena-built buses to be rolled out in York

Part of the new York electric fleet, manufactured in Ballymena
Part of the new York electric fleet, manufactured in Ballymena

A NEW fleet of more than 50 zero-emission vehicles, manufactured by Wrightbus in Ballymena, has been launched in York.

The 53 StreetDeck Electroliner double-decks and single-deck GB Kite Electroliner, which will be operated by First Bus, will be rolled out across the city in the coming weeks.

Each battery-electric bus will save up to 60 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, meaning an anticipated annual reduction of more than 3,000 tonnes of CO2 when the full fleet is in operation.

Wrightbus chief executive Jean-Marc Gales said: "It's been a real team effort between Wrightbus, First Bus and its partners to deliver this exciting and significant project in York, which is part of a wider deal to provide 193 buses - the largest EV bus purchase outside of London.

“It’s fantastic to see First Bus taking this vital and progressive step to decarbonise public transport to help the UK hit its ambitious net zero targets.

“It also illustrates our ambition to be at the forefront of the zero-emission drive in cities, towns and rural areas across the world.”

The fleet represents a total investment by First Bus of £13 million supported with £10.2 million funding secured by City of York Council from the Government’s Zebra scheme.

The investment also means First Bus’s depot will become one of the first outside London to be fully electric.

The buses can carry around 90 passengers and have a range of up to 200 miles on full charge.

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