National Express has purchased five Wrightbus Streetdecks with Euro 6 engines for their services.
National Express has taken delivery of five new StreetDeck Euro 6 buses, the first time the company has ordered this type of double deck vehicle from Wrightbus.
Ian Downie, MD of Sales for Wrightbus, said: “We’re particularly excited to deliver these five new StreetDecks to National Express as they are the first vehicles of this type they have taken and we are pleased to see them enter service with their existing West Midlands fleet on routes in and around Birmingham.”
Built to meet National Express’ ‘Crimson’ specification, each bus is fully low carbon compliant, has a Daimler Euro 6 engine and a Voith 854.6 gearbox. Also fitted is Wrightbus’ exclusive ‘Micro Hybrid’ version 2 system which adds additional energy saving benefits. The total passenger capacity is 100, allowing for 74 seated and 26 standing. A dedicated wheelchair space is included which, when in use, alters the seating ratio to 68 and 31 respectively. The 12 camera CCTV system provides additional security for all bus users.
Increasingly passenger comfort and convenience are top of National Express’ agenda and the new buses all feature several benefits, such as two dedicated monitors which indicate available seating throughout the vehicle, LED blind destination displays and tinted windows with anti-vandal film on all glazing.
Paul Thomas, Chief Operating Officer for National Express, said: “We particularly liked the look of the StreetDeck and believe it offers an excellent choice for us, both in terms of operational performance and passenger experience.
“We are also pleased to be working with Wrightbus again on the specification and purchase of our new buses. As a company, they demonstrate a clear determination to develop vehicles which utilise the latest technologies and techniques, while seeking new ways of achieving operational efficiencies and enhanced environmental performance. We’re confident the new StreetDecks will be well received by our operational team and passengers alike.”
Wrightbus has developed the Micro Hybrid system as an energy saving device which takes energy generated from a bus’s braking system and recycles it to power the pneumatics, hydraulic and electrical systems. In normal circumstances, this energy would have been drawn from the bus’ engine and this results in a fuel consumption of up to 10% compared to buses that are not fitted with Micro Hybrid. It is estimated that substantial savings over the typical 15-year operational service life of the bus can be achieved with its use.
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