Diesel use in demand responsive buses

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6083
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

It is proposed to use diesel buses for the demand responsive bus trial in Sutton. Given that these are minibus vehicles, why hasn’t Transport for London (TfL) been able to specify electric buses? What would be the expected lifetime of these buses under current TfL policies?

Answer

Diesel use in demand responsive buses

Diesel use in demand responsive buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Up to eight 14-seater buses will be used for this 12 month research trial to see whether a demand responsive service can complement and help improve the reach of our bus network. Following the trial, the buses will be redeployed by the operator. The buses will meet the ultra-clean Euro VI engine emission standard, in line with my commitment to ensure the entire bus fleet is Euro VI or better by the end of 2020. My ultimate plan is to ensure all buses in the fleet are zero-emission by 2037 at the latest.