Bus Éireann Contracts Hitachi Energy to Electrify Limerick Depot

Bus Éireann has signed a 3 million EUR contract with Hitachi Energy to deliver the first phase of a project to electrify its depot in Roxboro, Limerick.

Hitachi will work with Bus Éireann to establish a new on-site electricity substation and 24 charge points, along with all civil and cabling works.

This work will be completed ahead of the delivery of 20 double-decker battery electric buses that will operate on Limerick’s city routes.

NTA Electric Buses
Limerick’s zero emission buses will be manufactured at Wrightbus’ facility in Galgorm, Northern Ireland

The electrification of this network follows recent success in Athlone, Ireland, where an all-electric town bus service has now completed 100,000 kilometres while performing above expectations.

Stephen Kent, Chief Executive Officer, Bus Éireann said:

“Our experience from Athlone has only increased our enthusiasm for the transformation of our urban operations to battery electric vehicles and we are very pleased to partner with Hitachi in the delivery of this project. The electrification of the depot at Roxboro will really change public transport in Limerick for the better, in terms of environmental impact and also a greatly enhanced customer experience with quieter, smoother journeys.”

This project is funded by Ireland’s National Transport Authority as part of its mission to transform Ireland’s urban bus fleets to zero tailpipe emission vehicles.

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