Wrightbus, part of the Bamford Bus organisation, recently paid a visit to the North Eastern Centre to share with members and guests their latest developments on the businesses Road to Zero Emissions.
The presentation, delivered by Chris Martin, Head of Business Development and Steve Jackson, Head of Key Account Sales, covered the company's range of traditional Diesel powered vehicles, Electric and Hydrogen, and discussed both the levels of development since the late '90s, and more specifically, the technical nature of the types of power units being offered both in the single deck and double deck range of PCV's.
Direct drive powertrains and battery technology
The presentation delved into the aspects of the direct drive power train with battery-operated vehicles, either utilities Nickel Managuans Cobalt (NMC) or Lithium iron phosphate (LFP). The team discussed the range, weight, and safety considerations for each battery type. In addition to this, the implications on the national capacity through the National Grid were explained in detail, and the potential impact of the rise of EV vehicles on the UK road network was also discussed.
Hydrogen as an alternative fuel
The effectiveness and feasibility of Hydrogen as an alternative fuel source across a range of transport modes was discussed in depth. The quality of Hydrogen Storage and its safety implications were highlighted with the attendees taking particular interest in the various testing methods adopted by Wrightbus.
Cost comparisons and product partnerships
The presentation also focused on the comparison in relation to initial and operating costs for the different types of power alternatives, with a keen eye on the safety and environmental issues of the alternatives. Product partnership with its range of supply was an important consideration for Wrightbus, with suitability and quality being followed at the top of the agenda.
Customer support and manufacturing considerations
The presentation also looked at the range of support available to customers, both technical and operational aspects, with particular attention to operating terrain and routes. The discussion delved into the intricate methods of hydrogen production and their environmental implications.