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TfL orders 31 Optare electric doubler-decker buses

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.



Good move by London city.

A few thousand of these double deck e-buses could make a real difference.

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