Wright StreetLite

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Wright StreetLite
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Arriva Medway Towns Door Forward StreetLite
Overview
Manufacturer Wrightbus
Production 2010-present
Body and chassis
Class Integral bus
Doors 1-2
Floor type Low floor
Powertrain
Engine Cummins 4-cylinder ISBe
Cummins 6-cylinder ISBe
Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) OM934[1]
Capacity 33-45 (seated)
Power output 160-250 bhp
Transmission Voith
Chronology
Successor Wright StreetAir EV WF (for StreetLite EV)

The Wright StreetLite is a low-floor midibus introduced by Wrightbus in 2010. It was originally available in only one body style (wheel forward) before the door forward and StreetLite Max variants were introduced in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Models

The StreetLite is available in two differing body styles and five lengths between 8.8 metres and 11.5 metres with seating ranging from 33 to 45 passengers. All variants are of the same width and height, except for the StreetVibe, which is offered as a narrower chassis. Wrightbus claims that in each length, the StreetLite offers more seats than the equivalent competitors.[2]

StreetLite WF (wheel-forward)

Bakers Dolphin Wheel Forward StreetLite in Weston-super-Mare in August 2012

The StreetLite WF (wheel-forward) was the first model to be launched, first going on sale in 2010. It is available in two lengths of 8.8 metres (29 ft) and 9.5 metres (31 ft), with seating for up to 33 and 37 passengers respectively. To save space in these variants, the axle is positioned ahead of the door, similarly to the StreetLite WFs main competitor, the Optare Solo SR.[3]

The first example entered service with Anglian Bus in October 2010.[4]

StreetVibe

The StreetVibe, initially known as the Nu-Track Nu-Vibe concept vehicle, was launched in 2014 following Wrightbus' purchase of welfare bus manufacturer Nu-Track. It is a development of their Nu-Vibe concept vehicle, modified to Wrightbus specifications. The StreetVibe is based on the StreetLite WF, measuring 9 metres (30 ft) long. However, the StreetVibe is 290 mm shorter and 167 mm narrower than a standard StreetLite. As such, the StreetVibe is designed to compete directly with the Optare Solo SR Slimline, another narrow midibus.[5]

The first StreetVibe entered service with East Lothian Council in April 2016, the first of eight examples to be delivered to the council. A further two StreetVibes were delivered to Moray Council in June and July 2016. The largest single order for StreetVibes was placed by the government of Guernsey's buses.gg operation, with twelve examples entering service on the island in April and May 2017.[6]

VDL Citea MLE

Arriva Netherlands VDL Citea MLE in Lelystad in August 2014

In October 2013, VDL Bus & Coach introduced a rebadged variant of the StreetLite WF, known as the Citea MLE, for the mainland European market.[7]

Quick Parking of Haarlem in the Netherlands took delivery of the first production Citea MLE in May 2014. The initial demonstrator vehicle ultimately entered service with Arriva Netherlands in June 2014. Nobina Danmark are the largest operator of the Citea MLE, taking delivery of five examples in December 2014 and a further pair in June 2015. A further two Citea MLEs entered service in Denmark with Keolis Danmark in December 2014.[8]

StreetLite DF (door-forward)

Arriva Guildford & West Surrey Door Forward StreetLite in Woking in August 2015
Tower Transit Door Forward StreetLite

The Door Forward StreetLite variant, also known as the StreetLite DF, was launched in 2011.[9] It is available in two lengths of 10.2 metres (33 ft) and 10.8 metres (35 ft) with seating for up to 37 and 41 passengers respectively. In this variant the axle is positioned behind the door and there is an option for dual door configuration for Transport for London specifications. The first example was trialed by First London.

StreetLite Max

First South Yorkshire Door Forward StreetLite Max in August 2013

The StreetLite Max was launched in 2012. It is 11.5 metres (38 ft) long with capacity for up to 45 passengers seated.[10][11] In this variant like the "door forward" the axle is positioned behind the door and also has the same Cummins 4-cylinder 210 horsepower engine with a Euro VI-compliant version of this engine becoming available in Autumn 2013.

The StreetLite Max competes against heavyweight buses such as the Alexander Dennis Enviro300 and Optare Tempo SR as well as other lightweight vehicles such as the Alexander Dennis Enviro200 and Optare Versa.[12] Deliveries of the StreetLite Max commenced in Autumn 2012.

Propulsion

Diesel

The majority of all StreetLites models produced up until 2018 have been the standard diesel variant, with First Group the largest customer of the type.

Micro Hybrid

The first production Wright StreetLite Max to be fitted with Micro Hybrid technology, a 2014 model delivered new to First Sheffield

The StreetLite Micro Hybrid was launched in 2013. It is available in all of the standard StreetLite lengths and capacities. While not a "hybrid" in the usual sense, the StreetLite Micro Hybrid recovers energy lost from braking to power the vehicle electrics and compressed air systems, saving up to 10% in fuel costs. The bus itself runs from a conventional StreetLite drivetrain, as opposed to a small diesel engine and electric motor in normal hybrids.

Hybrid

The first two production fully hybrid-electric Wright StreetLite Maxes at First Sheffield's Olive Grove depot prior to entry into service in April 2018 - note the additional front grille

All models of the StreetLite are currently offered as full hybrid-electric vehicles, with the first hybrid StreetLite WF entering service in 2014, followed by the first hybrid StreetLite Max which is due to enter service in May 2018 with First South Yorkshire. The hybrid StreetLite Max can be easily distinguished from the standard diesel variants from the presence of an additional grille in the front bumper, which provides cooling to the hybrid battery pack, located over the front axle behind the front door, through cooling channels under the floor in the door area. This grille is not present in the hybrid StreetLite WF, as the hybrid battery pack is located close to the engine at the rear of the bus due to lack of space at the front.

In 2017, Travel South Yorkshire placed an order for 31 hybrid-electric Wright StreetLite Maxes for Sheffield services 1 and 1a. These were to be the first StreetLite Max models to be fitted with fully hybrid technology. The order was split between two operators - 13 for First Sheffield's service 1a, an operator who already operated over 100 diesel StreetLites across the city; and 18 for Stagecoach Sheffield's service 1, Stagecoach's first StreetLite Maxes delivered nationally. The first four hybrid StreetLite Maxes were delivered to First Sheffield on 26 April 2018, with entry into service across both operators expected in May 2018.

The wheel-forward and shorter door-forward StreetLite models are also offered as full hybrids. Arriva Shires & Essex took delivery of 13 hybrid StreetLite WFs for their Luton depot in 2014, followed by a further five at their High Wycombe depot in 2015.

Electric

The StreetLite EV was launched in 2014. Like the Micro Hybrid, it is available in all of the standard StreetLite lengths and capacities. The StreetLite EV is a battery electric bus with no diesel engine.

In January 2014, Arriva Shires & Essex placed eight EVs into service in Milton Keynes receiving coverage on national news services due to their trial of inductive charging, the first buses of their kind to do so in the UK.[13][14]

An updated version of the StreetLite EV, the StreetAir EV WF, was launched in August 2016, replacing the standard StreetLite EV.

Operators

As at April 2016, over 1,300 had been delivered. The first StreetLites entered service in October 2010 with Anglian Bus.[4] Arriva, FirstGroup, Go-Ahead Group, Rotala and Stagecoach Group have all been purchasers.[15]

It has been operated by Transport for London operators Blue Triangle, First London, London General, Sullivan Buses and Tower Transit.[15][16] As at May 2015, StreetLite WFs were operating routes 192 and 462 while Wright DFs were operating routes 219, 299, 327, 389, 399 and 488.[17]

Bus Vannin on the Isle of Man were the first company to order the StreetLite. They ordered twelve vehicles [18] - six 9.5m variants and six 10.8m variants. Whilst the 9.5m variants entered service in December 2010 the 10.8m variants which were due in early 2011 were never delivered.

Padarn Bus took three 9.5 metre StreetLites for services on Anglesey.[19] whilst Maytree Travel obtained six 9.5 metre vehicles. Reading Buses have also taken six 9.5 metre variants.[20] The first large order for 46 was placed by FirstGroup in April 2011.[21]

In February 2013, FirstGroup ordered 179 new StreetLites (mostly the 11.5m Max variant with some 10.8m models ordered) to work alongside the four prototype vehicles already at the company.[22] In January 2014, a further 301 were ordered, with 274 of them featuring 'Micro Hybrid' technology.[23][24] As at March 2016, FirstGroup operated 570.

In April 2014, Arriva ordered 97 'Micro Hybrid' StreetLites, 70 of which are the Max (11.5m) variant with 27 others of an unspecified length.[25] In March 2015, it ordered a further 50.[26][27]

Mistral

Wrightbus secured an exclusivity deal with Mistral, a bus sales and rental company. Mistral were the sole selling agents for the StreetLite and pitched the vehicle as 'Wrightbus+Mistral - the perfect equation'.[28] This exclusivity deal ended in 2012 with the introduction of the Streetlite Max. This was so Wrightbus could introduce a micro hybrid version of the Streetlite.[29]

In popular culture

The StreetLite played an integral part in the Torch Relay for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Ten Stagecoach South Wales StreetLites were used to shuttle relay runners and event staff between relay starting points. The buses were decorated in a special amber vinyl wrap with lettering for the games.[30]

References

  1. ^ Euro Bus Expo 2014 – Large Vehicles, Bus & Coach Buyer, 14 November 2014
  2. ^ Wright StreetLite - Range and Options Wrightbus
  3. ^ Wrightbus' cheeky midi Bus & Coach Professional 8 July 2010
  4. ^ a b First Wrightbus StreetLite enters services Bus & Coach Professional 21 October 2010
  5. ^ Product Range Wrightbus
  6. ^ http://buslistsontheweb.co.uk/index.htm?http://buslistsontheweb.co.uk/list.asp?listname=1242&Type=Chassis
  7. ^ Wrightbus eyes Europe with VDL Bus & Coach Professional 12 September 2013
  8. ^ http://buslistsontheweb.co.uk/index.htm?http://buslistsontheweb.co.uk/list.asp?listname=1087&Type=Chassis
  9. ^ Door forward for StreetLite Bus & Coach Professional 8 July 2011
  10. ^ "11.5m StreetLite Vehicle Specification" (PDF). Wrightbus. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Wrightbus unveils bigger StreetLite Bus & Coach Professional 7 June 2012
  12. ^ "The Wright Group". Wrightbus. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Wirelessly charged electric buses set for Milton Keynes BBC News 9 January 2014
  14. ^ Putting electric buses to the test Bus & Coach Professional 17 January 2014
  15. ^ a b Wright StreetLite Bus Lists on the Web
  16. ^ Tower Transit otders first Euro 6 Streetlines Bus & Coach Buyer 22 January 2015
  17. ^ Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. pp. 80–82. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 
  18. ^ New buses on their way Isle of Man Newspapers 10 August 2010
  19. ^ Blakemore, Tim (February 2011). "Reading the signals". Buses Magazine (671): 24–26. 
  20. ^ "Wrightbus secure new order for StreetLite from Reading Buses". Transport Weekly. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  21. ^ StreetLite wins first big order Bus & Coach Professional 5 April 2011
  22. ^ ADL and Wrightbus win lightweight orders Bus & Coach Professional 15 February 2013
  23. ^ FirstGroup announces £70m Bus Order FirstGroup 17 January 2014
  24. ^ Wright wins lion's share of First order Bus & Coach Professional 17 January 2014
  25. ^ Arriva's £40m fleet upgrade Bus & Coach Buyer 10 April 2014
  26. ^ Arriva's 2015 orders Bus & Coach Buyer 4 March 2015
  27. ^ Arriva order 50 new Wrightbus StreetLite and StreetLite Max buses Euro Transport Magazine 16 March 2015
  28. ^ Mistral to sell new Wrighbus midi Bus & Coach Professional 5 May 2010
  29. ^ Mistral and Wrightbus launch StreetLite Mistral Group
  30. ^ "Stagecoach StreetLites accompany Olympic torch" Buses Magazine July 2012

External links

  • Media related to Wright StreetLite at Wikimedia Commons
  • Wright StreetLite (Wrightbus website)
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