ULEZ (2)

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many zero emission tailpipe buses - both single and double-decker - are operating in London at present? What proportion of the total buses operating in London does this represent?


Answer for ULEZ (2)

Answer for ULEZ (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are eight pure-electric buses operating on routes 507, 521, H98 and 312. This number will rise to 15 in the autumn when the 312 becomes the first all-electric route in London. The total is then anticipated to increase steadily and make up a bigger proportion of the 8,700 fleet as operators increasingly bid for single-deck routes with all-electric options.

There are also eight hydrogen fuel-cell buses on route RV1 with plans to increase this to 10 in 2015/16.

Delivering the first pure-electric double-deck buses is more challenging as overall weight and space constraints make it difficult to accommodate sufficient batteries to achieve the required operating range for London. Nonetheless TfL is talking to potential manufacturers about developing pure-electric double-deck models in the near future. Once there is greater certainty about when these models will be available TfL will be in a position to forecast potential numbers and assess the contribution they might make to wider emissions reduction.