First Pure Electric Double Decker Buses on Streets of London

March 17,2016 A  short  ceremony  this  afternoon  welcomed  the  arrival  on  London  streets  of  a  global  first – a  completely emissions free pure electric double decker especially designed and developed for Transport for London (TfL) by BYD. 



Held  at  City  Hall,  the  event  saw  Deputy  Mayor  of  London  for  Environment  and  Energy  Matthew  Pencharz formally receive the first bus from Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe. This vehicle is one of a fleet of  five  which  will  shortly  be  entering  service  on  Route  98  operated  on  behalf of  TfL  by  Metroline.  BYD  is working with TfL and Metroline on an introduction programme which includes driver training and the installation of fast charging equipment at Metroline’s Willesden Bus Garage in north London. 

The 100% BYD designed and developed vehicle is 10.2m long, features full air conditioning and offers seats for a total 54 passengers with a further 27 standees spaces (total passengers: 81). The BYD Iron Phosphate batteries deliver 345 kWh of power and can run for up to 190 miles of typical urban driving according to the internationally  recognised  SORT  test  conditions.  Recharging  takes  just  four  hours  and  can  be  completed overnight using low cost off peak electricity. This is more than enough to handle most daily duty cycles.   

“The Mayor of London challenged us saying that he did not believe an electric double decker was technically feasible but we took up the challenge and in less than two years created the bus Londoners can see today”, said Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe. “This  is  not  a  hybrid  bus  but  a  totally  emissions  free product which will give London a world leading position in its efforts to improve air quality”. 

Leon Daniels, TfL’s Managing Director for Surface Transport, said: “BYD are a brilliant supplier. They lead the world in electric bus technology and we thank them for their efforts to make this new double decker a reality”.

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