Transport for London (TFL) has today announced that they will be making an either further move towards their effort of getting the public service green, but there’s still a lot of work for TFL to do before all of London’s buses are switched over to renewable energy sources.
But to kick things off TFL today confirmed that they will be releasing a further 51 fully electric vehicles into London’s streets by Autumn of this year in an effort to lower London’s carbon emissions and improve the air quality in the city.
Mike Weston, TfL’s Director of Buses, said: `TfL has always been at the forefront of deploying new, green technology in order to reduce harmful emissions from its bus fleet. I am delighted to announce that two further routes are to convert to fully electric operation – giving our passengers a quieter, smoother journey and also delivering significant environmental benefits. Electric buses represent another important step in our ongoing efforts to reduce emissions, significantly improving air quality in the Capital.’
This comes just two weeks after the London mayor Boris Johnson announced that the capital will host the world’s first purpose-built all-electric double decker.
As of yet there is no news as to who will be suppling the new all-electric buses, we do know that the contract will be handled by Go Ahead, and the new buses will run on route 507 which links Waterloo and Victoria, as well as on route 521 which connects Waterloo to London Bridge.
These will join the already existing all-electric buses, which consists of two Chinese buses and two Spanish buses.
TFL says that over the next five years they all be introducing 300 zero-emission single-decker buses and 3,000 double-decker hybrid buses that will run across central London, and by October there will be 22 purely electric buses in London thanks to TFLs £700 million in funding.