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Fourth London bus route goes fully electric with zero-emission buses

Posted: 8 February 2018 | | 2 comments

Another fleet of pure electric buses are now operating on a fourth London bus route, route 153, developing sustainability efforts across the city…

Fourth London bus route goes electric with BYD ADL partnership

London’s route 153 is now operating a fleet of 11 10.8m BYD ADL Environ200EV single deck buses, becoming the fourth London bus route to go fully electric.

These zero-emission buses are now a familiar sight on London’s roads and mark the transfer of the route to Go-Ahead from CT Plus. BYD supplied the depot with own-designed and manufactured charging points.

“The smooth switch on of our electric buses to operate another intensive London route is a testament to the strength of our overall offering – not just the proven and reliable buses themselves but of the back-up and support of our partners in planning and installing the necessary equipment to make electric bus operation successful from day one,” said Frank Thorpe, UK Country Manager for BYD UK, speaking on behalf of the ADL BYD partnership.

Route 153 runs a busy service between 05:00 to after 23:00 six days a week with only Sunday having a later start. Many of the most congested streets of London are covered by this route, including in the heart of the financial district.

Other operators and routes throughout London will gradually receive fleets of BYD ADL electric buses, reducing the air and noise pollution with the capital city.

“We are delighted to make another significant step in the electrification of London’s bus routes,” said Richard Harrington, Go-Ahead Group’s Engineering Director. “At Go-Ahead we have developed considerable practical knowledge of electric bus operation and are well positioned to contribute further to the improvement of the capital’s air quality.”

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