London now got its third all-electric double-deck bus line on route 94, running between Acton Green and Piccadilly Circus. The electrification of route 94 brings the current total of electric double-deck buses in the capital to 280.
The central route is operated by RATP Dev that had added 29 electric double-deckers of type BYD ADL Enviro400EV this Tuesday. The e-bus achieves up to 160 miles on a single charge with power coming through BYD’s pure-electric drivetrain comprising the electric motor and 382 kWh Iron-Phosphate batteries.
The new vehicle is also fitted with the Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) which generates sound at speeds below 12mph to alert pedestrians and vulnerable road users. This latest delivery sees the total number of BYD ADL’s electric buses in service climb to 269, including 200 single decks.
The electrification of route 94 follows the 43 and 134 routes in 2019 and London now sports an impressive 280 all-electric double-deck buses. Moreover, another twelve routes are expected to become fully electric throughout 2020. The C3, operating between West Cromwell Road and Clapham Junction, and the 23, operating between Westbourne Park and Hammersmith, are next in line to be electrified.
Claire Mann, TfL’s Director of Bus Operations, considers this “a major moment on the road to a fully zero-emission fleet”. She added that “with more electric double-deck buses to follow, and all new single-deck buses required to be zero-emission from next year, buses are helping to bring the capital’s air inside legal limits”.
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