A 100 per cent solar powered bus is soon to be unleashed on the capital’s streets.
BYD in China, the company responsible for the product, will initially ship five units for Transport for London and Metroline. They’re currently training future drivers and installing the quick-charge equipment in a bus garage in North London as part of their introduction initiative.
The 10.2 metre long vehicle offers space for 81 passengers, and can run for up to 190 miles on a single charge. The vehicle takes around four hours to fully recharge, which can be done overnight with cheaper, off-peak electricity.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has previously denied that an electric double decker bus was technically viable. BYD disagreed.
“We took up the challenge and in less than two years created the bus Londoners can see today,” said Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe. “This is not a hybrid bus but a totally emissions-free product that will give London a world leading position in its efforts to improve air quality.”
The proposition follows the UK’s government’s promise to enshrine in law a Paris treaty to achieve zero per cent carbon emissions by 2050. This entails a gradual phasing out of fossil fuel-reliant vehicles, and a nationwide transition to emissions-free transport.