Electric buses to operate on London commuter routes
A new era of emission free bus travel was unveiled recently as Transport for London (TfL) and bus operator Go-Ahead London began a trial of the capital city's first electric buses.
The 12-metre, single deck electric buses have zero tail pipe emissions, resulting in lower carbon emissions and were built by Chinese manufacturer BYD Auto Ltd.
The manufacturer's tests demonstrated a potential running cost saving of around 75% compared to a diesel bus. The buses take around four to five hours to fully charge overnight and should have a range of 250km, which would be sufficient to operate these buses for a full day.
The electric bus trial is one of the many measures the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has introduced to make London's bus fleet more environmentally friendly, including the operation of zero emission hydrogen buses. Around 600 hybrid buses now operate on the capital's roads, including the New Routemasters, with more being introduced in a rolling programme.
By 2016 there will be more than 1,700 hybrid buses in service on London's streets representing 20 per cent of the total bus fleet.