London to Trial Wireless Bus Charging at Custom Hybrid Stops

By Gary Cutlack on at

Transport for London has announced yet another interesting little bus technology test, revealing it'll be installing the necessary hardware to allow customised diesel hybrid buses to top-up their batteries while stationary at some stops.

The inductive charging trial, set to launch next year, will see TfL introduce four extended range diesel electric hybrid buses along route 69 between Canning Town and Walthamstow. Wireless inductive charging pads at the terminal at the end of each route will give the batteries on the buses an additional boost, allowing them to run in "pure electric" mode for more of their endless back and forth runs across town.

Mike Weston, TfL's Director of Buses, said: "This trial of extended range diesel electric hybrid buses, utilising the latest inductive charging technology, could be a step closer to getting even cleaner double deck buses on London’s streets. We will be closely monitoring the results of the trials, which may help us adopt this new cleaner technology more widely in London."

Milton Kenyes has been doing the same thing for ages, so it's not entirely a London thing.