Optare supplying electric buses to London fleet

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Optare supplying electric buses to London fleet
The Metrodecker EV in-service trials in York last year

Leeds-based bus manufacturer, Optare, is supplying 31 all-electric double decker buses to Transport for London to start operation next year.

This follows Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, this week announcing the creation of the largest double-decker electric bus fleet in Euerope, with 68 set to join the capital’s bus fleet.

Of these, 31 will be supplied by Optare for Route 131 running from North Finchley bus station to Tottenham Court Road.

The Metrodecker EV has been developed from the wheels up by Optare with support from its customers, vendors and partners.

It weighs in at only a few hundred Kilos more than the diesel equivalent and has a plated GVW of 18000kg.  The Metrodecker EV bus for London will carry over 90 passengers with a range of over 150 miles on a single charge.

Optare President, Graham Belgum, added: “This order for our double deck product launched in November 2016 at Euro Bus Expo begins the next chapter in the Optare electric bus journey.

“The first Transport for London route to operate with solely electric buses began operation with an all Optare single deck electric bus fleet four years ago.

“Optare are delighted to be supplying their buses once again for the first all-electric double deck bus routes in London.

“However, the journey doesn’t stop here. We continue to develop and refine this technology.”