An additional 36 buses on two central London routes are to be replaced by all-electric buses, Mayor Sadiq Khan announced today.
The new buses will enter service next spring on routes C1 and 70 and will take the total number of electric buses on London’s roads to 121.
Both routes are operated by RATP and run between White City and Victoria and between South Kensington and Acton respectively.
Mayor Khan said: “More than half of London’s toxic air pollution is caused by road transport, and our oldest buses are one of the biggest contributors to harmful NOx emissions in central London.
“These new electric buses will eradicate harmful emissions and will have a significant impact on the quality of our air. And this is only the beginning – by 2018 we will stop buying diesel-only double-deck buses completely.
“I want London to become a world leader in hydrogen and electric bus technology and I hope other cities around the world will join me in sending the message that only the cleanest technologies are welcome where we live and work.”
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at Transport for London, added: “We’re delighted to be working with RATP to deliver greener buses for this city.
“They will help improve air quality and offer a better journey experience for customers. This is a momentous time as we help deliver the Mayor’s vision for cleaner, safer transport network.”