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Optare to supply 31 Metrodecker double decker electric buses to London's TFL routes

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Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced the creation of the largest double-decker electric bus fleet in Europe, with 68 new electric double-deckers set to join the bus fleet in London.
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Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced the creation of the largest
double-decker electric bus fleet in Europe, with 68 new electric
double-deckers set to join the bus fleet in London.

Mr Khan revealed that the number of electric double-deck buses in
London will increase more than tenfold, and that two routes run by
Metroline from Barnet to central London will be exclusively operated by
electric double-decker buses. Optare will supply 31 all-electric double
deck buses for TFL Route 134 running from North Finchley bus station to
Tottenham Court Road to start operation next summer.

The innovative Metrodecker EV has been developed from the wheels up
by Optare with support from its customers, vendors and partners. The
unique integral space frame design of the Metrodecker EV means it weighs
in at only a few hundred Kilos more than the diesel equivalent and has a
plated GVW of 18000kg. The Metrodecker EV bus for London will carry
over 90 passengers with a range of over 150 miles on a single charge.

Claire Mann, TfL's Director of Bus Operations, said: "We're committed
to reducing emissions from London's buses and making routes 43 and 134
exclusively electric is an important step to a zero-emission fleet.
Buses are crucial to reduce Londoners' reliance on cars, and with this
landmark order it means the largest pure electric double-deck bus fleet
in Europe will help reduce emissions across the capital. Electric buses
are good for air quality and improve the customer experience, with less
noise and fewer vibrations, all creating a more comfortable journey."

Ian Foster, Engineering Director at Metroline, said, "Metroline is a
dynamic and ambitious operator with 99 routes across London and we are
pleased to lead in the implementation of London's first all-electric
double deck routes having been involved closely with this project from
the outset."

Robert Drewery, Commercial Director, said, "Optare has the largest
parc of electric buses s in the UK with a decade of experience of
working with operators across the country. Optare are delighted at the
news of this order, which follows extensive in-service trials of the
Metrodecker EV with a number of operators in London and other cities
around the country over the last 12 months. The next generation
Metrodecker EV destined for London is currently in testing before
entering service trials later this year."

Graham Belgum, Optare president said, "This order for our double deck
product launched in November 2016 at Euro Bus Expo begins the next
chapter in the Optare electric bus journey. The first Transport for
London route to operate with solely electric buses began operation with
an all Optare single deck electric bus fleet four years ago. Optare are
delighted to be supplying their buses once again for the first
all-electric double deck bus routes in London. We look forward to
bringing the next generation of electric buses to market later this
year."


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