Greener buses for London

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Why have you not implemented a target for all buses in inner London to be electric or hybrid vehicles by 2020?


Answer for Greener buses for London

Answer for Greener buses for London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London's bus fleet is already the cleanest of any major world city and will continue to lead its counterparts because of progressive plans to cut emissions dramatically over the next few years.

There are already 900 hybrid diesel electric buses in the capital and this number is on target to climb to 1,700 (including 600 New Routemasters) by 2016.

Building on this success and as part of the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone, I want all double-deck buses in central London to be hybrid by 2020. This means nearly all double-deck buses operating in Inner London (and more buses in Outer London) will be hybrid.

TfL is already trialling pure electric and hydrogen fuel-cell buses to assess the feasibility of different zero-tailpipe-emission technologies.

I have set an ambitious target as part of the ULEZ proposal for all single-deck buses operating in central London to be zero emission (at tailpipe) by 2020. This would be one of the largest fleets of electric buses in Europe.