On 4th July 2015, LOTS (London Omnibus Traction Society) updated their news page regarding the electric buses for London.
Metroline is to get a BYD K10 all-electric double-deck in October for route 16. The four all-electric E400s for route 69 are now coming later than proposed, probably in November. London General’s two Irizar i2e electric single-decks should be in service on 507/521 later this month.
So firstly, the two Irzar i2e Electric buses will appear on routes 507/521 later in July. They will be joined by the other two electric buses manufactured by BYD, which has been in service since late 2013.
Secondly, the ‘London Bus Routes’ website has updated their ‘service changes’ page which shows that Route 312 will be fully converted to Metrocity EV electric single deckers by 5th September 2015.
Thirdly, the ‘world’s first’ purposely built battery powered electric double deck bus which is manufactured by BYD will appear in October for Route 16. The route already has diesel-electric hybrid double decks which are the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 Hybrid.
Also, we have at last got an update about the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC Virtual Electric for Route 69. They are the 'all electric double deck bus' manufactured by Alexander Dennis, but they use a diesel engine in a similar way to a New Routemaster, which basically charges the battery pack for the electric motor. LOTS say that they are coming later than proposed which would see them in service by November.
This is just a quick update and a follow up from my previous article about the electric bus project for London Bus services, so please share this article and follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Google Plus which is @CLondoner92