by Tiana May
03 Nov 2022
Wrightbus has secured 26 million GBP in UK Export Finance-backed funding to take its hydrogen-powered double-deck bus to international markets.
UK Export Finance (UKEF) is providing the Northern Ireland-based bus manufacturer with an 80 percent guarantee on its major financing deal from Barclays. This includes an 18 million GBP Green Trade Loan and 8 million GBP Green Bank Guarantee, which will allow Wrightbus to export its zero-exhaust-emission buses to new markets.
“It’s fantastic to see Great British companies like Wrightbus take full advantage of the opportunities exporting opens up. By expanding into new markets, building on wins secured from our UK-Australia trade deal, and this new UKEF-backed support, they are driving growth and creating high-skilled green jobs in Northern Ireland.”
Wrightbus launched the world’s first hydrogen-powered double-deck bus in 2020 and also produces electric-powered single and double-deck buses.
The company aims to manufacture 3,000 zero-exhaust-emissions buses by 2024. However, producing such vehicles is a capital-intensive process, the manufacturer says, so this financial support will enable Wrightbus to scale up production to meet demand, including its recent order to supply 120 double-deck buses to Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA).
Wrightbus’s aims to expand its exporting operations globally and it has ambitions to enter markets in Italy, France, Spain and Southeast Asia.
“At Wrightbus, we are entering the next stage of our ambitious growth plan, significantly growing our export volume from our UK base and becoming one of the leading battery electric and hydrogen bus manufacturers in Europe. UKEF’s support will strongly help us on our future global growth path.”
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Stagecoach has announced that the UK's first full-size autonomous bus has carried passengers for the first time in East Scotland.
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First Bus has ordered 193 electric buses from Wrightbus with funding from the DfT's Zero Emission Bus Regional Area (ZEBRA) scheme.
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Abellio London Bus has opened a new bus depot in Hayes, West London to house the operator's growing fleet of electric buses.
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Switch Mobility has confirmed it will supply a fleet of 12 Metrocity electric buses to Tower Transit to operate on TfL's Route 339.
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