First pure electric ‘emission free’ buses hit the streets on Arriva Route 312
This week saw the introduction to Croydon’s streets of the first pure electric ‘emission free’ buses.
The initiative by Transport for London (TfL), Arriva London and UK bus manufacturer Optare saw two of the latest electric buses introduced to the capital’s fleet.
The two Optare MetroCity buses are now in service on route 312, operated by Arriva London, between South Croydon and Norwood Junction. The bus route is used by around 4,700 passengers a day. Passengers travelling on these buses will benefit from much lower noise and vibration levels compared to regular buses with diesel engines.
The Buses deliver significant air quality benefits due to zero tail pipe emissions at the point of use, resulting in lower overall carbon emissions. The new technology should deliver significant maintenance and running cost savings compared to conventional diesel single deck buses.
These new electric buses are the latest addition to Europe’s greenest bus fleet and will increase TfL’s and Arriva London’s experience and understanding of this relatively new technology.
The buses take around five hours to fully charge overnight, or two hours using fast charge technology, and have a range of up to 100 miles depending on operating conditions.
Peter Batty, Arriva London Commercial Director, said: “Electric buses are at the cutting edge of transport technology to improve air quality and everyone involved with route 312 at our garage in South Croydon is looking forward to operating the buses in what is the Year of the Bus.”
Published : Wed 15th Mar. 2017 - Tue 25th Apr. 2017
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