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03 Dec 2008 05:12:51

London adds to hybrid bus fleet



London adds to hybrid bus fleet
London's hybrid bus fleet is to quadruple by the end of January 2009.

A range of new single and double-deckers were unveiled yesterday, as 25 new hybrids go into service on the capital's streets this month with 18 rolling out early next year.

The new vehicles, made by Alexander Dennis, Wrightbus, Volvo, Optare will use a combination of conventional motors and an electrical engine, which London mayor Boris London claims will reduce emissions by 40 per cent.

London's fleet is the cleanest in the UK, with 27 per cent of the 8,000 buses meeting Euro II standards and are fitted with particulate filters, 66 per cent meet Euro III and have the filters, while seven per cent meet the latest Euro IV standard.

David Brown, managing director for surface transport at Transport for London, said: "London has led the way in the introduction of hybrid technology in its bus fleet and I’m pleased to see so many manufacturers responding with new hybrid bus designs."

Mr Johnson recently announced that he would end the western extension of the congestion charge zone and has continued former mayor Ken Livingstone's plans to bring a bicycle rental scheme to London.

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Duncan wrote:

04 Dec 2008

Using public procurement to drive innovation is I believe one of the most effective ways of accelerating the commercialisation of new technologies. Too often we see governments throwing research money at industries, and as you might expect the industries in question lap up the grants and spend time on research. If you study the instances where procurement is the driver, you find that solutions and products are achieved quicker, and more often than not the solution produced is more suited to market demand.
I understand that there are to be 5 Fuel Cell and 5 Hydrogen internal combustion engine powered buses coming into London in April 09 as well. Its good to see a spread of trials. Congratulations to the transport for London (TFL) team.
An interesting note as i have some insight into getting next generation buses into London, as well as next generation stationary power solutions installed. A large government body (TFL) was key to rapid uptake in the automotive sector. There is no such overseeing government entity for stationary power, thus uptake and deployment is more difficult.
I hope the government makes the findings and operational data public from all the trials. This will enable those who lost the bids to fine tune their products enabling an industry to evolve and not just those involved in the trials.




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