More electric buses for London
Two further TfL bus routes, the 507 and 521, are due to operate entirely with electric buses from autumn next year. The five year contract to operate the routes has been awarded to Go-Ahead following a competitive tender process. It will mean 51 electric buses will operate across the two routes, which will become the second and third pure electric bus routes in the capital. The operator is to confirm which manufacturer will supply the buses in due course.
By 2020 all 300 single deckers operating in central London are planned to be zero emission (either electric or hydrogen) and all 3,000 double deckers are set to be hybrid. This announcement follows the introduction of the first of two new Irizar electric buses into passenger service recently. These are on the 507 and 521, which link Waterloo station to Victoria and London Bridge stations respectively. The new buses will join two existing electric buses, built by Chinese manufacturer, BYD on these services. At a Global Clean Bus Summit hosted by City Hall in June, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, also announced a trial of a purpose built pure electric double decker in October. Once this trial begins, there will be 22 total pure electric buses on London streets. Including the first of two Irizar i2e buses now in service, there are currently nine single-deck electric vehicles in the fleet, a figure expected to grow to 17 in September. Six Optare electric single deckers are already in the TfL fleet.