The world’s first entirely electric double-decker bus is going to hit the streets of London at some point in 2015.
That’s according to Mayor Boris Johnson, who announced the hi-tech eco-bus would be coming soon at the global Clean Bus Summit.
There are already 1,300 new hybrid buses roving London’s streets, and a further 1,400 have been retrofitted to reduce emissions by 88 per cent.
It’s all part of the Mayor’s plan to halve bus emissions by the end of his term in office in 2016, in contrast to 2008 levels.
It was previously thought that an all-electric double decker bus would not be workable due to the size and weight of the battery packs that would be required to power it.
The new bus has finally been completed however, and will roll out later this year along route 16, which runs between Victoria Bus Station and Mora Road in Cricklewood.
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“The iconic red double-decker bus is about to become greener than ever,” said Boris. “I could not be more pleased that london will play host to these exciting pure electric double-deck buses, and I’m sure the lucky users of route 16 will embrace it with gusto.”
He added: “London is a world leader in clean buses and we can’t do it alone, and events like this Clean Bus Summit are key to making further progress.”
Along with 24 other cities, Boris committed London to a rollout of 40,000 ultra-low emission buses by 2020.