29 Jun 2022

Fully-electric public transport bus fleet destined for Limerick

Fully-Electric public transport bus fleet destined for Limerick

Twenty new fully-electric buses will come into service in Limerick city in the new year PICTURES: Eamon Ryan Twitter

A FLEET of 20 new fully-electric buses are destined for Limerick as part of a new deal signed by the National Transport Authority (NTA).

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed the state’s purchase of 800 fully electric buses from Wright Bus, a manufacturer of zero emission double decker buses.

The five-year deal, which was signed today, will see 20 new fully-electric buses be brought into service by Bus Eireann in Limerick in the new year.

Brian Leddin, TD for Limerick city, confirmed what he described as “good news” for the Treaty City.

“This will result in cleaner air and quieter streets and lower greenhouse gas emissions, helping our city towards a 50% cut in transport related emissions by 2030,” he said.

The deal will also result in 100 new models destined for use by Dublin Bus in the next two years.

Wright Bus, a Northern Irish firm, have informed that Limerick will receive 20 Streetdeck Electroliner Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs).

These will be the first battery-electric double-deck buses to be added to the national bus fleet in Ireland and their addition will deliver a significant uplift in the proportion of low- or zero-emission buses within that fleet.

The buses will operate with zero tailpipe-emissions, which will contribute to a substantial improvement in air quality in the cities and towns in which they are deployed.

Passenger facilities onboard include seating for 65 passengers, a permanent wheelchair space, dedicated pram area, priority seating, real-time displays, USB sockets and on board Wi-Fi.

This initial order for 120 buses represents an investment of some €80.4m

It was also confirmed that work will commence in installing and upgrading the necessary charging infrastructure to support the roll out of the new fleet across Dublin and Limerick.

"We are extremely proud of today's historic deal, which is hugely significant for Ireland’s decarbonisation ambitions and for us here at Wright Bus," Neil Collins, Wright Bus Managing Director said.

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