Wright’s reveals zero-emission fuel cell double decker 30 November 2016

The new zero-emission double deck bus from Wrightbus – based on the firm’s combined hydrogen fuel cell and battery driveline – has gone on show today (30 November 2016) at the International Zero Emission Bus Conference at London’s City Hall.

Wrightbus, which says its new technology will “rapidly become available to power both single deck and double deck buses” is preparing for full production next year.

According to Dr William Wright CBE, co-founder and director of Wrights Group, key to the success of the zero emission concept are the lightweight hydrogen storage tanks, and automatic battery management system which continuously balances stored power while the vehicle is in service.

“This vehicle joins the recently launched StreetAir EV [electric vehicle] and brings an interesting new dimension to zero-emission bus technology,” states Wright, adding that it offers operators a “responsible choice” to help address global warming challenges.

Wright’s new driveline technology was developed with support and part funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK (APC), under a grant for common platforms and assembly methods for ultra-low emission buses.

Brian Tinham

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