Ashok Leyland’s British subsidiary Optare will be delivering 21 fully electric double-decker buses to London. The contract is part of a larger order, which contains a total of 68 new vehicles for London’s fleets.
As of summer 2019 the double deckers will be in use on London’s streets. This was announced by mayor Sadiq Khan in the middle of June. The order also will be served by ADL and BYD, next to Optare, however it is unclear how many vehicles will be provided by each individual manufacturer. Concerning Optare, we now know that the company will provide half of the vehicles.
The vehicles will be used for London’s public transit fleet. The company plans to have 240 electric buses in operation by next year. Two bus lines, specifically the 43 and 134, will be exclusively serviced by electric buses following delivery.