The Witness - Wheels - - INNOVATION -

TOURISTS who can af­ford the ex­hange rate in Pounds Ster­ling now have an­other at­trac­tion to spot in Lon­don, the world’s first zero- emis­sion, long- range, al­l­elec­tric BYD Dou­ble- Decker bus.

Trans­port for Lon­don, ( TfL) is cur­ren­rtly test­ing the bus on Metroline routes.

The buses are built by Chi­nese bat­tery giant Build Your Dream ( BYD), a world leader in elec­tric ve­hi­cles of all sizes, but es­pe­cially buses.

BYD also in­stalled fast charg­ing equip­ment at Metroline’s Willes­den Bus Garage in north Lon­don and is train­ing driv­ers to han­dle the five buses on test.

Each bus is just over 10 me­tres long and fea­ture air con­di­tioned seats for 54 seated and 27 stand­ing pas­sen­gers.

The elec­tric buses are equipped with BYD- de­signed and built Iron- Phos­phate bat­ter­ies, de­liv­er­ing 345 kWh of power that come with a In­dus­try- bench­mark 12- year bat­tery war­ranty, the long­est elec­tric bat­tery war­ranty avail­able.

The bat­ter­ies can power the bus for over 24 hours and up to 300 kilo­me­tres of typ­i­cal ur­ban driv­ing on the ser­vice routes with a sin­gle daily recharg­ing re­quir­ing only four hours.

TfL plans to charge the buses overnight us­ing low- cost, off­peak elec­tric­ity to pro­vide ad­di­tional cost sav­ings.

BYD’s Is­brand Ho said the Chi­nese com­pany is pleased to part­ner with Trans­port for Lon­don.

“TfL chal­lenged us to de­velop a clean, all- elec­tric bus that would meet their ser­vice re­quire­ments, and we’ve done just that.

“I hope other trans­port agen- cies take note of TfL’s lead­er­ship and see that there are no bar­ri­ers to de­ploy­ing all- elec­tric buses into ser­vice in today’s mar­ket.”


Lon­don’s iconic dou­ble decker buses are back, but this time quitely pow­ered by Chi­nese know- how.

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