Electric Bus

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-07-20
Session date: 
July 20, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2588
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Please can you provide an update on the electric double deck bus trial which is currently underway?

Answer

Answer for Electric Bus

Answer for Electric Bus

Answered By: 
The Mayor

So far these vehicles - which are the world's first double-deck pure-electric buses - are proving reliable in service and operating a range of more than 100 miles on a single charge on route 98. The trial is in its early stages, but the signs are encouraging.

They can carry up to 87 passengers which is comparable to conventional diesel vehicles that operate on the same route between Willesden Bus Garage and Russell Square Station.

The operator is now working with power suppliers to upgrade infrastructure on its premises to charge them faster which would enhance operational flexibility. The vehicles are quiet, provide a smooth ride and driver feedback is positive.