Transport for London (TfL) has ordered 31 Optare Metrodecker EV double-decker buses; the buses will be bought by Metroline and will be added to London’s fleet by next summer.
The lightweight, fully electric Metrodecker has a passenger capacity of up to 99. A 200 kWh lithium iron magnesium phosphate battery pack delivers up to 105-145 miles (170-230 km) on a single charge, dependent on duty cycle and equipment options.
A 40kW integrated on-board charger connects to standard commercial three phase supply.
The buses will be used on Metroline’s iconic routes 43 (Friern Barnet – London Bridge) and 134 (North Finchley – Tottenham Court Road), which will become exclusively operated by electric double deckers. This landmark order delivers the largest pure electric double-decker bus fleet in Europe.
Optare is owned by Ashok Leyland, which is itself part of the Hinduja Group. Ashok Leyland is ranked within the top four global bus manufacturers.