All three vehicles were recently purchased by the NTA and will enter service next week on Bus Éireann’s 105X line, which runs from Dublin to Ratoath in County Meath. The buses will be subject to an in-service assessment as part of an alternative fuel technology pilot project undertaken by the NTA in collaboration with Bus Éireann.
The buses represent a state investment of around 2.4 million euros. The bus model in question – the Hydroliner Wrightbus Streetdeck – is the world’s first double-decker hydrogen bus and can accommodate up to 79 passengers over a total length of 11.5 meters.
Accessibility is a feature of the new buses, including:
Priority seats covered in distinctive high-contrast carpeting
A large permanent space for wheelchairs
A separate and dedicated buggy area
Wider access passages
An electric wheelchair ramp at the front door
An additional display of passenger information in the wheelchair space
High definition outdoor destination displays
Transport For Ireland’s yellow, green and white hi-vis livery
Hydrogen for the buses will initially be supplied by BOC Gases Ireland, with refueling at its Bluebell facility on the Naas route in Dublin. Maintenance of the buses will initially be carried out by the Municipal and Utilities Truck Equipment Company (MUTEC) at its facilities on Longmile Road in Dublin.
“Reducing carbon emissions from transportation is essential to achieving our climate goals and will also improve air quality for all,” said Transport Minister Eamon Ryan TD. “Other technologies, such as battery-powered electricity, are very well suited for bus services in urban areas, but on longer suburban and intercity routes, hydrogen fuel cell technology is an innovative alternative. zero emissions by driving on diesel. I am especially happy that the Wrightbus Streetdeck, which is the world’s first such bus, is assembled in Northern Ireland and that Bus Eireann is piloting these buses on their commuter route between Dublin and Ratoath.
Anne Graham, Managing Director of the NTA, added that on the occasion of the entry into service of the new hydrogen buses with Bus Éireann, the NTA is embarking on a journey towards a zero-emission public transport fleet and that the acquisition of the three buses and their opportunity to pilot hydrogen fuel cell technology in day-to-day public transport operations in Ireland and assess the role it can play in the long-term transition to a fleet of zero emission buses. Thanks to Luas and DART, already nearly a quarter of all public transport journeys on the Transport For Ireland network are made on zero-emission vehicles, and the NTA is committed to accelerating the transition to a bus fleet. more sustainable.
“These buses are only part of the overall approach, and hydrogen is only one of the technologies we are looking for to make public transport more sustainable,” said Ms. Graham. “In addition to these buses, we are also in the process of ordering 45 single-stage battery-powered electric buses for use in urban areas, with around 150 more to come. And over the next month, we’ll be ordering the first 120 double-decker battery-powered electric buses for major cities, with 680 more to follow in the years to come. The NTA and public transport operators are mobilizing to meet the climate challenge.
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