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London takes 300th hybrid bus

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London's 300th hybrid bus has entered service. It is an ADL Enviro400 running with Abellio. Taking count of orders already placed, Transport for London says there will be 400 hybrids in service by 2013. And mayor Boris Johnson used the arrival of the 300th bus to reiterate his commitment to having 600 Borismasters in service by 2016, out of a total of 1,000 hybrids to be purchased over the next four years.

Says Johnson: “I am determined to clean up London's buses to improve quality of life. We are pioneering new technology to do so, including through the wider introduction of these greener hybrid vehicles and my brand new bus for the capital. This is all part of my plans to cut pollution across the city.”

Mike Weston, London Buses operations director, adds: “Bus operator confidence in hybrids has increased immensely which, alongside reductions in the capital premiums and increasing fuel prices is making this technology increasingly attractive.”

TfL says that the hybrids are delivering fuel savings of 30 per cent, and reducing NOx emissions by 20 per cent.

www.tfl.gov.uk

London's 300 hybrid suppliers
ADL        180
Volvo        77
Wrightbus    32
Optare        11
Total        300

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