Iconic London double-deckers go electric

Passengers travelling from the Edgware Road to Victoria bus station in London will be using zero-emission transport from October onwards, announced Mayor of London Boris Johnson this week.

The Mayor, widely tipped as a future Conservative Party leader, announced at this week’s C40: Clean Bus Summit, Transport for London (TfL) has signed a deal with Chinese electric vehicle (EV) giant BYD Company Ltd to supply battery-powered buses, starting with the number 16 route.

BYD says its double-decker buses can drive for 155 miles, even in thick city traffic, on a single charge and their iron-phosphate batteries come with a 12-year warranty.

The news follows a report last week that the Delhi Metro system is considering switching to 100% solar power as public transport organisations the world over begin the migration to clean power sources.

Bus operator First West started running its biomethane-powered ‘poo bus’ between Bristol and Bath, in the west of England at the end of March. The Bio-Bus runs on human and household waste from 32,000 households.