London gets its first all-electric bus route

London gets its first all-electric bus route…

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The world’s first diesel electric hybrid double decker bus launched in London in 2007. The new purely electric vehicles, which have yet to be ordered, will start running in south London in September (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

London’s first all-electric bus route will start running in south London in September.

The greener vehicles offer much lower noise and vibration levels compared to diesel counterparts and the bus operating company Arriva benefiting from lower maintenance and running costs.

Two single deckers have been trialled successfully on the 312 route in South Croydon to Norwood Junction to make sure they can cope with the demand of an “intense urban environment”.

Boris Johnson hopes to extend the fleet to central London in the future.

Mike Weston, TfL’s Director of Buses, said: “This is an exciting new milestone for our bus fleet, which is already one of the cleanest in Europe.

“We currently have eight electric buses in our fleet and as this number grows we are learning more about this new technology, which alongside other measures like retrofitting older vehicles with enhanced exhaust systems and continuing the expansion of our hybrid fleet, continues to contribute towards our strategy to further reduce harmful emissions from the capital’s bus fleet.”

 

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