All-Electric London Buses
London buses will be going green this October when the first all-electric double-decker bus hits the streets of our great capital. We’ve already got single-deckers that run on purely electricity but believe it or not an all-electric double-decker will be a world first.
It’s taken a fair while to come to fruition mainly because such a large vehicle requires far more battery power than usual to keep it running throughout the day. Quite obvious when you think about it!
London City Hall hasn’t given any specs on the design of the buses but we do know they’ll be made by BYD, a Chinese company known for making electric vehicles and batteries that keep them juiced.
All-electric double-deckers won’t be rolled out across the whole City until they’ve been tested out a little. The first route to get the service will be the 16, which runs between Cricklewood and Victoria Station and the 312, which runs between Norwood and South Croydon, will also get the service which will make it London’s first pure electric bus route! The perks of living south of the river…
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson made the announcement at the first ever Clean Bus Summit. The summit saw representatives and major bus manufacturers from across the world gather at London’s City Hall to talk all things bus.
Boris said, “The iconic red double-decker bus is about to become greener than ever. I could not be more pleased that London will play host to these exciting pure electric double-decker buses, and I’m sure the lucky users of route 16 will embrace it with gusto. London is a world leader in clean buses but we can’t do it alone, and events like this Clean Bus Summit are key to making further progress.”