‘ NO BARRIERS TO MAKING ELECTRIC BUSES’
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.