London’s electric bus fleet has increased further and is now the largest in Europe.
This is the case thanks to the announcement that two of the capital’s bus routes are to become exclusively electric.
Continuing the trend of introducing more zero emission vehicles, the Mayor of London has declared that routes 43 and 134 will become the first bus routes in the UK to use electric double-deck buses only, beginning this autumn.
Currently, London’s electric bus fleet totals more than 200, which is the largest fleet of its kind in the continent, and this is set to grow in 2020 following the award of contracts by Transport for London (TfL) for another 78 double-deck buses.
The introduction of these buses is crucial in the fight against the ongoing climate emergency, and it also simultaneously tackles the issue of public health by improving air quality in the capital.
Not only will carbon emissions be reduced and therefore air quality improved, but the electric bus fleet on the two routes will also provide a better customer experience, with smoother and quieter rides, as well as access to USB charging points.
Sadiq Khan commented: “London’s toxic air is a shameful health crisis which is causing premature deaths and stunting the growth of children’s lungs.
“As part of our work to tackle the harmful emissions we breathe and to help tackle the climate emergency, I am proud to announce the first two routes which will exclusively use electric double-deck buses.
“I am also pleased to announce that we have now delivered all 12 of the Low Emission Bus Zones I promised in my manifesto, much sooner than the planned delivery date of 2020.
“This is part of our £300 million plan to transform London’s entire bus fleet, which is set to reduce bus NOx emissions London-wide by an average of 90% by October 2020.”