Electric double-decker buses lead London's zero emission drive

July 06, 2015 // By Paul Buckley
Global electric vehicle leader, the Chinese-based BYD Company Ltd. has been selected to build the next generation of London's iconic red, double-decker buses and will deliver a new, battery electric replacement model to TFL (Transportation for London).

"Many believed that a pure electric double-decker bus would not be possible due to the size of the battery packs required to power it," said Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. "However by working with BYD and utilizing the latest cutting edge technology London has been able to secure another world first. The new electric double-decker trial will see the zero emission double-decker buses manufactured by BYD enter service on Route 16 from October."

"We are delighted to be chosen by London as its partner for the world debut of our new pure electric double-decker. As the Mayor has said, this is genuinely world beating new technology," said BYD's Managing Director of European Operations, Isbrand Ho. "Since BYD is by far the world's largest maker of zero emission pure electric buses and as such is keen to promote their take up and use as quickly as possible we are also pleased to have today supported the Declaration and pledged BYD to helping promote zero – not just ultra low – emission vehicles on the streets of the world's major cities."

BYD's Battery Electric bus employs many advanced technologies developed in-house by a staff of more than 15,000 R&D engineers including the BYD Iron-Phosphate Battery which claims to boast the only 12-year-battery warranty in the industry.  Combined with BYD's proprietary in-wheel hub motors and regenerative braking system, the BYD battery electric bus offers the lowest life cycle cost of ownership.