Transport for London is to quadruple the capital’s fleet of hybrid buses to 56 by January 2009, a further 300 buses are promised by 2011. TfL says next month’s expansion of the fleet will create the largest in the UK.
Twenty-five new hybrids will go into service this month on routes 16, 141, 276, 328 and E8; a further 18 hybrid buses will join the fleet by the end of January.
The buses use a combination of a conventional engine and an electric motor to use less fuel and emit fewer pollutants and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 40 per cent, according to TfL figures.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said passengers “can rest comfortably in their seats and enjoy clear environmental consciences, safe in the knowledge that their journey will guzzle far less fuel and expire a whopping forty per cent less carbon dioxide than a regular bus.”
TfL says it expects all new buses entering service in the capital to be hybrid.