A global first, a completely emissions free pure electric double-decker bus, debuted in London.
The new all-electric double-decker bus, especially designed and developed for Transport for London (TfL) by BYD.
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.
The new electric 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.
Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe, said:
“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. 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.”