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London Mayor Boris Johnson with Mr. Gopichand Hinduja, Co-Chairman of the Hinduja Group (File)

London Mayor Boris Johnson officially welcomes the first British built, pure electric buses to enter service on London’s roads.  The four buses, in service on route H98, deliver significant air quality  benefits due to zero tail pipe emissions;  Lower running and maintenance costs compared to a diesel single deck  bus

London Mayor Boris Johnson with Mr. Gopichand Hinduja, Co-Chairman of the Hinduja Group
London Mayor Boris Johnson with Mr. Gopichand Hinduja, Co-Chairman of the Hinduja Group

The four Optare MetroCity single deck buses are currently being trialled on route  H98, which operates between Hayes and Hounslow. They are manufactured by  Optare, part of the Hinduja Group, a British bus manufacturer based in Sherburn in  Elmet, North Yorkshire, and are part funded from the Department of Transport’s  (DfT) Green Bus Fund.

The buses demonstrate Transport for London’s (TfL)  continuing commitment to trialling new emission free technology in the capital. The introduction of the four pure electric Optare MetroCity buses is the first step of  the Mayor’s plan for all single deck buses in central London to be zero emission at  tailpipe, as part of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone, from 2020. This brings the total number of electric buses now in service in London to six. The first two  electric buses in London have been operating on routes 507 and 521 since last  December. A further two are expected to enter service later this year.Passengers will notice that pure electric buses offer much lower noise and vibration levels compared to diesel vehicles, with TfL benefiting from lower maintenance and  running costs.

These buses have zero tail pipe emissions, resulting in lower carbon  emissions and improved air quality. The trials will help TfL develop plans for greater  use of electric buses in central London in the future, contributing to the Mayor’s  vision of a central London Ultra Low Emission Zone.
Mr. Gopichand Hinduja, Co-Chairman of the Hinduja Group, said: “Optare’s MetroCity  electric vehicle is a prime example of the UK’s manufacturing excellence, technology and  innovation coming together to provide a zero emissions solution to improve air quality in  London. We look forward to seeing more of these vehicles operating in London and cities  across the UK and Europe in the future. Optare is crucial to Hinduja Group’s flagship  company, Ashok Leyland’s future global strategy: It is the hub for the company’s expansion  in Europe and Worldwide.”

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