Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann have unveiled 10 new fuel-efficient hybrid buses, set to enter service early 2021.
These are the first of 100 hybrid double deckers ordered by the National Transport Authority (NTA) from bus maker Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL).
Of the initial 100 vehicles, 74 will be operated in the capital by Dublin Bus, and a further 26 will be operated by Bus Éireann in Galway.
The orders form part of a five-year framework agreement for a total of up to 600 Alexander Dennis Enviro400ER buses that was first announced in January this year.
The Enviro400ER plug-in hybrid buses can operate a zero-tailpipe emission mode for a distance of at least 2.5km. The NTA says they will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 per cent.
Dublin Bus will use its initial allocation of buses to convert routes 4, 122, 123 and 140 to hybrid bus operation, while Bus Éireann will use its initial allocation to commence the conversion of Galway city routes.
The buses are fully accessible and fitted with an induction loop system to assist the hard-of-hearing and a passenger information display within the wheelchair space on the bus.