Robert Best has had a challenging day in the air, enduring cancellations and delays from Heathrow to Belfast. But Wrightbus’ Director of Engineering looks a lot happier back on terra firma, happy talking through all aspects of its growing hydrogen bus manufacturing business domestically and internationally.
It’s been quite a ride. From the inception of its first fuel cell project in 2005, the UK hydrogen and electric bus manufacturer has expanded rapidly, and next year is targeting 1,200 buses from its Ballymena plant. It also operates a Malaysia plant, serving the Hong Kong and Singapore markets. It took on its 1,000th member of staff last year – three years after being bought out of administration by green pioneer Jo Bamford with just 56 people on the books.
We are arguably among the best double-deck manufacturers in the world – there are four or five companies that still produce them,
Its portfolio comprises four primary models, under the StreetDeck, StreetLite, GB Hawk (single deck) and GB Lite brands, and most prominent are the Hydroliners and Electroliners (both available in BEVs and FCEVs). The most recent addition to the range is the single-deck hydrogen model, the Hawk Hydroliner.
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