London’s electric fleet is biggest in Europe

London’s electric bus fleet is officially the largest in Europe, with over 200 delivered and more on the way.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched double-deck buses on routes 43 and 134 last week (5 September), saying: “London’s toxic air is a shameful health crisis which is causing premature deaths and stunting the growth of children’s lungs.

“As part of our work to tackle the harmful emissions we breathe and to help tackle the climate emergency, I am proud to announce the first two routes which will exclusively use electric double-deck buses.”

All 12 of the Low Emission Bus Zones the Mayor promised in his manifesto have been delivered, ahead of the 2020 deadline.

Mr Khan adds: “This is part of our £300m plan to transform London’s entire bus fleet, which is set to reduce bus NOx emissions London-wide by an average of 90 per cent by October 2020.

“City Hall are doing everything in our power to improve our air.”

Metroline operates routes 43 and 134 using both BYD ADL Enviro400EVs and Optare Metrodecker EVs.

Metroline’s CEO Sean O’Shea says: “Metroline has made a substantial investment and commitment to electric buses, making the UK’s largest single order.

“With the launch of London’s first exclusively-electric double deck routes, which will carry around 18.5 million people across the capital a year, we will continue making real progress in improving air quality in the capital.”