London's First Fully-Electric Buses Are Damn Expensive

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

The world’s first fully-electric double decker has just been revealed, and five models will start running on Route 98 between Willesden and Russell Square next month. Each big red monster will be able to travel 180 miles on a single charge, so they won’t need to be take off the roads at any point during the day. They’ll instead be powered back up overnight.

London’s transport chiefs have made it their immediate aim to cut emissions and improve the city’s air quality, but this good stuff will come at a price. Each bus reportedly costs over £350,000 to build -- more than those funky Routemasters that turn into mobile ovens during the summer -- however, maintenance and running costs are said to be significantly lower.

“We think this is the first fully electric double decker bus in the world,” said TfL director of surface transport Leon Daniels. "The principle driver behind this is air quality. We know London's air quality is not as good as it should be. Buses represent a material amount of the vehicles on the roads. Cutting their emissions will make a material difference to London's air quality."

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He added that they'll move silently too, which is potentially game-changing news for anyone familiar with the struggle not to fall asleep while battered on the night bus. [Standard]