The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson today committed to his city being among the first 24 cities around the world to cut emissions of his cities buses.
With this he announced that London will get over 40,000 ultra-low emission busses by 2020, with London being the first pure electric double-decker bus in October.
This is an upgrade from the hybrid electric double-decker buses that London has had since 2013.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson 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-deck 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.”
This is all despite some claiming that the batteries needed to run a double-decker would weigh too much, which was obviously false as they buses are already under construction by BYD.
When the new electric bus launches in October it will take route 13 between Victoria Station and Cricklewood, and will then be joined by another 10 pure electric single-decker buses on route 312 between Norwood and South Croydon later this year.