BYD to supply world's first electric double decker to London
Transportation for London has contracted BYD for the manufacture of a brand new, battery electric replacement of double-decker buses.
The first of which will enter service in October.
Under the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) proposals, London intends to electrify all 300 single-deck buses in central London by 2020. At least part of 3,300 double-deck buses will get electric drive.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:
"Many believed that a pure electric double-decker bus would not be possible due to the size of the battery packs required to power it. However by working with BYD and utilizing the latest cutting edge technology London has been able to secure another world first. The new electric double-decker trial will see the zero emission double-decker buses manufactured by BYD enter service on Route 16 from October."
BYD's Managing Director of European Operations, Isbrand Ho said:
"We are delighted to be chosen by London as its partner for the world debut of our new pure electric double-decker. As the Mayor has said, this is genuinely world beating new technology. Since BYD is by far the world's largest maker of zero emission pure electric buses and as such is keen to promote their take up and use as quickly as possible we are also pleased to have today supported the Declaration and pledged BYD to helping promote zero – not just ultra low – emission vehicles on the streets of the world's major cities."