HYBRID BUSES IN LONDON
For years, London’s red double decker buses have dominated the capital, where nearly 1,000 routes are operated by 8,700 buses, many of them doubledeckers. Although there has been a gradual move to hybrid vehicles, many are still dieselpowered.
The new electric buses will be used on GoAhead London 507 and 521 (operating between the cities of Waterloo and Victoria). As most readers can probably guess, the deal will see BYD provide the chassis and electric drivetrains, while Alexander Dennis Limited will body the buses — using the company’s marketleading Enviro200like midi bus design as the template. According to Chinese manufacturer BYD Auto, the zeroemission buses should reduce running costs by about three quarters compared to a diesel bus and can travel up to 250km (155 miles) on a single four or five hour charge sufficient to operate for a full day without the need to recharge.
First 100% electric buses go on trial on central routes with more expected in 2016. Two electric buses have hit the streets of London as part of a trial to see if the technology is suitable for shorter routes around the capital.
The 12metre single deck buses will service Victoria, Waterloo and London Bridge stations running on routes 507 and 521 from today.
According to Chinese manufacturer BYD Auto, the zeroemission buses should reduce running costs by about three quarters compared to a diesel bus and can travel up to 250km (155 miles) on a single four or five hour charge sufficient to operate for a full day without the need to recharge. As it stands, the new electric bus fleet is expected to begin service sometime before August 27, 2016. Given that plans from Transport for London call for all of the London’s singledeck buses to be completely emissionsfree by 2020, this fleet will presumably be followed shortly thereafter by others. Six further electric buses are set to be introduced into the TfL fleet in early 2014, four of which were secured with funding from the Department of Transport’s Green Bus Fund with a further two funded from Transport for London’s technology demonstration budget.
The new deal, worth £19 million, includes a full onsite repair and maintenance program for the term of the contract and combines the strengths of ADL’s Enviro200 12m single deck (with 18,000 units sold worldwide) and BYD’s own design of IronPhosphate Battery technology and drivetrain system. The latter has been proven to deliver outstanding range and reliability in multiple international markets, covering millions of kilometers of passenger-
The decision by the two manufacturers to collaborate on this first fleet is a significant step. It brings together the proven, safe and longrange capabilities of BYD’s pure electric buses (the company has 3,500 in service worldwide) with the outstanding and high quality vehicle design and UK build capability of ADL.
The deal represents just the latest in BYD’s impressive recent string of successes. It’ll be interesting to see what comes of the company in the coming years. Global domination of the growing electric bus industry? Will other European Cities adopt the same policy and make City buses more environmentally effective?
From coolmyplanet.org we strongly recommend readers to question wether their city are in the right are not to take on this initiative.
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