Metroline’s BYD Battery Double Decker In Service For London – Video

JUN 29 2016 BY MARK KANE 19

Earlier this year, the first electric double decker buses entered revenue service in London.

First pure electric double deck buses on streets of London

First pure electric double deck buses on streets of London

The vehicles are produced by BYD, and have been included into the Metroline fleet in London. ย Now, thanks to Simon Ayres, we can now check them outย in action.

We imagine these are probably the largest plug-in EVs on public roads in Europe today.

“Here’s a glimpse of two of the new battery buses running out of Willesden Garage. It’s a bit like riding a milk float, but without the chinking bottles! You can guess from the way they handle that they are VERY heavy. Call me old-fashioned but I quite like them!”

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19 Comments on "Metroline’s BYD Battery Double Decker In Service For London – Video"

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Battery EVs, yes. Largest EVs would probably be the high-speed trains.

on public, roads, nevermind then ๐Ÿ™‚

Though there are bendy trolleybuses that are almost as large.

I should keep arguing with myself as it doesn’t look odd at all… ๐Ÿ˜‰

LOL vdiv. Don’t worry it’s normal to have conversations with ones self. I see it all the time here in the Arizona State Hospital ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d say the largest EV is probably this

Riding this to werk everyday would be quite the trip ๐Ÿ™‚

Max speed of bagger 293 is 10m/min, yes it’s meter per minute. That means the maximum speed is 0.6kph (0.375mph). A 3 mile comute would need 8 hours of driving (one way).

Being pedantic here but the article said ‘PLUG IN EV’. Can you plug a train in?

It’s quite impressive. I wonder how long it will take until all major cities have BEV buses. They make even more sense than BEV cars, as they run around the city all day and night.
The cities will save enormous amounts of money on not having to pay for diesel, and the air will be much cleaner.

They also run the same route again and again so you know exactly where to put your charging infrastructure, something much more dificult for personal transport.


And if you combine wireless charging with self-driving capabilities, you get buses that can run 24/7

The BEV bus market will just explode. From the trials today with some fairly limited orders to almost all buses in most cities being BEV will only take a decade.

Next year the city next to me have ordered BEV replacements of a large percentage of their fleet after a 2 bus trial. They will replace 5% of the total county’s buses with BEVs.

But last year 59% of buses here in Sweden were this using fossil fuels so there is still a long way to go.

Oh, and to give a percentage. That large percentage of the fleet that the city is replacing is 17%.
4-5 years like that and all the buses in that city will be BEVs.


Modern looking clean buses adds charm to London and reducing pollution as well.

Hope other cities follow suit and add few such buses in their streets in high traffic routes.

BYD has buses ranging from K6 (smallest) to K12 (biggest). One of them K7 has in-wheel motors.

Awesome indeed but what is the comparative cost with ice vehicled

I haven’t got any numbers but in talking to a transport engineer over a coffee a few months ago, e-buses work out as about a cost neutral option with the exception of the charging infrastructure (i.e. the money you save on diesel makes up for the difference in the price of the bus). As he freely pointed out the charging infrastructure issue is more a teething problem than a long term problem. Most bus stations have refueling infrastructure in them which is decades old, you won’t need changing that when you buy a new diesel bus but if you buy an ebus you need to put in charging infrastructure, no one is really sure what charging standard will win (over head cables, inductive charging plates, 3 phase ac, High power DC, etc???) so no one is really moving on it where he is.