There are now eight electric buses in service operating along four routes within the greater London area on a trial basis. If the trial is successful we could see more electric buses on London's streets in the near future as part of the Mayor's transport plans.
These buses have zero emissions and passengers will notice that there is lower noise/vibration levels compared to standard diesel vehicles.
Other benefits from these vehicles:
Electric buses can be found in service along with other standard diesel buses on the following routes:
Route 312: Norwood Junction & South Croydon, Bus Garage
Route 507: Waterloo & Victoria
Route 521: Waterloo & London Bridge
Route H98: Hounslow, Bus Station & Hayes End
Electric buses could help deliver the cleaner and greener bus fleet we need to cut carbon emissions and improve air quality. If these prove successful we plan to see more introduced over the next few years to run alongside the hybrid and hydrogen bus technology that is already tackling air pollution and carbon emissions across the capital.
Matthew Pencharz, Senior Environment and Energy Advisor to the Mayor of London
This group of electric buses are part funded from the Department of Transport’s (DfT) Green Bus Fund. The buses demonstrate Transport for London’s (TfL) continuing commitment to trialling new emission free technology in the capital.
These electric bus trials will be used to establish whether the technology can stand up to the rigours of operating in an intense urban environment such as London.
The manufacturer’s tests demonstrated that while the initial capital cost of these vehicles was more than that of standard diesel, the significantly lower running and maintenance costs would offset this within the typical lifetime of the vehicle.
These buses take around five hours to fully charge overnight, or two hours using fast charge technology and have a range of up to 100 miles depending on operating conditions.