London’s new hybrid buses will use a mix of batteries and gas to power themseleves, but with an interesting twist. That twist was revealed today, and is a new process that will allow the buses to recharge the batteries and motor whilst at a bus stop, which means the engine shouldn’t be used to much thanks to this inductive charging process.
The buses should also be able to run longer in battery mode thanks to this technology, which means they will have lower running costs and less damage to the environment, they should also vibrate less whilst travelling and create less noise thanks to the reduced use of an engine.
Mike Weston, TfL’s Director of Buses, said: “We are continuing our assessment of new technology in the capital that can deliver genuine environmental benefits. This trial of extended range diesel electric hybrid buses, utilising the latest inductive charging technology, could be a step closer to getting even cleaner double deck buses on London’s streets. We will be closely monitoring the results of the trials, which may help us adopt this new cleaner technology more widely in London.”
The charging process will be built into the bus stops, and will be trialled by TFL at four stops in East London from next year.
The buses that will use this technology are the special Enviro400H E400 buses that will run on route 69 between Canning Town and Walthamstow. There’s currently 800 of hybrid buses in action in London, a number which is expected to increase to 1,700 by 2016.
To top it off, TFL is also testing a total of six pure electric buses in the city, and the Mayor of London hopes to create the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone by 2020.
There are currently six pure electric buses being tested in London also. The Mayor of London wants the city to be the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone by 2020. There are currently 800 hybrid buses operating in London with 1,700 expected in 2016 – making up 20 per cent of the total bus fleet.