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Shadow Transport Minister visits the UK’s largest electric bus garage

Shadow Transport Minister, Daniel Zeichner MP, visited the UK’s largest all electric bus garage in London’s Waterloo this week to find out more about innovative work to electrify London’s bus fleet.

From Press releases - 11 January 2017 12:00 AM

Shadow Transport Minister, Daniel Zeichner MP, visited the UK’s largest all electric bus garage in London’s Waterloo this week to find out more about innovative work to electrify London’s bus fleet.

The 51 new buses based at Waterloo are operated by Go-Ahead London, and UK Power Networks is powering the high-tech, low carbon fleet via its electricity network.  Running buses on electricity, instead of diesel, is helping improve air quality in the capital, with the new ‘green’ buses preventing 700 tons of harmful carbon emissions being released into the air every year.

Daniel Zeichner MP said: “I was pleased to find out more information and see for myself how Go-Ahead London and UK Power Networks are working together to electrify London’s buses. This is an important step to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions for Londoners and I will make sure that we can use the learnings from Waterloo across the country.”

Smart charging at Waterloo bus garage also offers UK Power Networks the opportunity to explore how to support the introduction of more electric vehicles onto the streets of London. Smart charging, paired with potential new timed connection arrangements, enable 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 electricity at times when demand is high.

Adriana Laguna, ‎UK Power Network’s Low Carbon Technologies Senior Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to show Mr Zeichner how UK Power Networks can support the move to a low-carbon transport future. London is one of the world’s leading cities and so it’s really important that we are supporting moves to improve the air quality by cutting harmful emissions. Waterloo Bus Garage is a fantastic opportunity for us to explore some of the very latest technology in electric vehicles and the implications for the electricity network.”

Transport for London has ambitious plans to extend its fleet of electric vehicles to help improve the capital’s air quality, and hopes that all 300 of its single-decker fleet will be zero emissions by 2020.