Today marked a major moment in Irish transport history with the entry into service of Dublin Bus' first all-electric double-decker, namely Summerhill operated EW2 on Route 123. EW2 is a Wrights Streetdeck Electroliner BEV. Wright's claim it has the highest battery capacity of any double-deck bus sold in the UK and Irish markets. This gives it a top mileage of 200miles for a full charge, though as per any technical spec this depends on operation and much work has been done recently to test mileage in standard operation before entry into service. In fact, Dublin Bus has done quite a lot to get these buses into service, be it the electrical infrastructure to actually charge large numbers of these vehicles and subsequent depot redesign and route movements to accomodate them, as well as the standard driver familiarisation phase for any new type.
The first operation had a bit of hiccup with EW2 being a bit temperamental restarting having arrived at the terminus with plenty of time for its first departure (0720 ex Grifftih Avenue). Maintenance were on the scene in good time, some rejigging of departures was performed and the bus was able to operate its return from Galtymore Road with minimal inconvenience to passengers. It would have been easy to allocate the bus to a short duty, but a full day duty was chosen, the 11th car on the 123. It did quite a few laps, though didn't quite make it to the end. Teething trouble can be expected with any new type but Dublin Bus showed perseverance to get a decent first day's operation. Phibsboro will be next to put EWs into service, hopefully this week, so watch this space.
Phibsboro's First EW:
Wednesday the 4th October 2023 marked the first day that the EW class operated in Phibsboro with EW61 entering service. It covered a lap on the 122, the 0715 ex Drimnagh returning at 0840. It is seen above in Ashington on its return. It then operated the C2 in the evening peak. With Summerhill keeping EW2 out, the first two of what will be a very large class of buses have entered revenue service. The entry of subsequent buses into service may well be slower than we are acostomed given the technology change that comes with these buses, only time will tell.