Route 153 in London is operated by Go-Ahead for Transport for London (TfL). Using eleven electric buses by ADL and BYD, it is now fully electric and the fourth route in the British capital to emit zero emissions.
Route 153, operated by Go-Ahead London on behalf of Transport for London, runs between Finsbury Park in the north to Moorgate in the heart of the financial district of the UK capital. One may say, it is heavy duty for the eleven all-electric buses build in a partnership of BYD and ADL.
The electric Enviro200EV single deckers measure 10.8 metres and have proven their worth on three other London routes prior to the newly added 153. They all operate from out of the same depot, the Northumberland Park Garage in Tottenham, north London. BYD has supplied the depot with custom-made charging points.
The other three all-electric London routes are the 521 and 507 from Waterloo and the 360 from Camberwell. More routes and operators apart from Go Ahead will receive fleets from BYD ADL in the coming months.
London’s traffic is to be emission-free by 2050 reportedly according to a mayoral roadmap. The zero emission objective does not just apply to the city centre but to the whole of London. Cabs and rental cars must practically be all-electric from 2033 and buses be powered exclusively electric from 2037 in order to reach that target.
BYD sold over 14,000 electric buses globally in 2017 and, together with ADL managed to grow its fleets in London, Liverpool and Nottingham. They have already accumulated over a million miles of emissions free operation on UK roads, according to a company statement.
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