London’s latest zero-emission Optare Metrodecker EV bus enters service
Metroline has added the Optare Metrodecker EV double-decker to its growing fleet of zero-emission electric buses. It is the vehicle’s first deployment outside of demonstrations.
The electric Metrodecker can carry over 90 passengers and has a claimed range of over 150 miles on a single charge. The first buses entered service on Monday 19 August.
Metroline now has almost 100 zero-emission buses to its name, including a fleet of 37 BYD ADL Enviro400EV buses for its Route 43 line. The operator plans to maintain a fleet of 31 Metrodeckers on route 134. Buses are charged overnight and during periods of low local demand by purpose-built power supplies installed at Potters Bar garage.
Together, the two lines make London’s first end-to-end fully-electric double-deck bus routes. Metroline claims that as the UK increases its reliance on renewable sources, the benefits of the vehicles will also increase.
Sean O’Shea, CEO of Metroline, says the firm is committed to electric buses. “We continue to lead the way by delivering London’s first completely zero-emissions, all-electric routes,” he says. “This launch marks a significant step forward for Metroline, and London, as we continue to deliver greener and environmentally cleaner solutions for our customers on the London bus network.”
Optare CEO Graham Belgum adds that “Optare is thrilled to partner with Metroline in delivering one of TfL’s first zero-emission double-deck routes,” with the launch of the latest Metrodecker bus being the “culmination of four year’s work for the company and a major milestone in its zero-emission journey.”