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Electric buses are breath of fresh air for London

A fleet of environmentally friendly buses is taking to the streets of London - with help from the company which delivers the capital’s electricity.

From Press releases - 13 September 2016 12:00 AM

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A fleet of environmentally friendly buses is taking to the streets of London - with help from the company which delivers the capital’s electricity.

The first nine of a fleet of 51 single decker buses which run on electricity and charge up at Waterloo bus garage in central London were officially unveiled there by Deputy Mayor Val Shawcross on Friday, September 9.

Running on electricity instead of diesel is good news for Londoners because it brings better air quality. The new ‘green’ buses will not release 700 tons a year of harmful carbon emissions in to the air, like their predecessors did.

UK Power Networks – which delivers electricity to eight million customers in London, the South East and East Anglia – contributed to the high-tech, low carbon joint project by laying 400 metres of power cable under the ground and installing new equipment to manage the power supply at the site in Cornwall Road.

This enables 2.5 megawatts of electricity to flow inside the garage to the charging points installed by BYD – which refuel the electric buses serving the 507 and 521 routes. These routes are operated by the Go-Ahead group, under regulation by Transport for London.

Smart charging at Waterloo bus garage also offers UK Power Networks the opportunity to explore how to bring electric vehicles within closer reach of more people. Technology called timed connections enables battery-powered vehicles to plug in for a charge only when electricity demand is low, such as during the night. This promises savings for customers because it means they don’t have to install costly equipment to deliver the power at times when demand is high.

Director of Connections Mark Adolphus said: “We are delighted to be able to play our part in improving the quality of London’s environment as part of this innovative project. Less carbon in the air is good news for everybody’s health, while the chance to explore how timed connections can help make electric vehicles more affordable for all, is an exciting prospect.”