Air pollution fightback: first all-electric London bus

London is set to become the testing ground for the first all electric double-decker bus as authorities step up the fight against the capital’s dire air pollution levels.

London buses to go cash-free. Image by Mike_fleming / CC BY-SA 2.0.

London buses cause severe pollution but first steps are being taken to replace part of the fleet with all-electric buses Image by Mike_fleming / CC BY-SA 2.0. Image by Mike_fleming / CC BY-SA 2.0

The vehicle will have a zero-emission standard of operation and has taken over a year to develop in China. It will service route 16 from this October with runs between Cricklewood and Victoria Station.

Pollution in London

Pollution in London Image by David Holt / CC BY 2.0

The Evening Standard reports that the bus will have a battery range of over 160 miles and has the facility to carry 81 passengers on a journey.

This new experiment is seen as a major step in the drive to transform London’s bus fleet from pumping out toxic fumes onto the city’ streets.

Mayor Boris Johnson said the red bus was about to become “greener than ever”.

The city will introduce its first ever total electric bus route later in the year on the 312 route when it will run the single-deck vehicles between Norwood and South Croydon.

Two dozen cities around the globe including Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg and Madrid have agreed to commit 40,000 similar buses within the next five years.

However the Mayor has been accused by environmentalists of presiding over a situation where EU legal levels on pollution for all of this year was surpassed in Oxford St within the first four days of January.

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