100% emissions-free electric Double Decker bus will soon run on the streets of London. The electric bus developed by Chinese car manufacturing company ‘BYD’ is 10.2m long with 81 passenger seats. The bus has also standing spaces. It is specially designed to run on urban streets and can travel 190 miles with a single charge. According to pv magazine, the bus takes 4 hours to fully recharge and its batteries can generate 345 kWh of power.
“The Mayor of London challenged us saying that he did not believe an electric Double Decker was technically feasible but we took up the challenge and in less than two years created the bus Londoners can see today,” said Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe. “This is not a hybrid bus but a totally emissions-free product that will give London a world leading position in its efforts to improve air quality.”
BYD is one of the most reputed Auto companies in Asia and is also the largest selling Chinese car brand. The company sold 506,189 passenger cars in China in 2013.
BYD electric buses called K9s already run on the streets of major cities in China and as of 2015, the company has sold about 6,000 of electric buses worldwide.