London to phase out dirtiest diesel buses, unveils hydrogen bus

Nicolas Raymond UK Flag

London Mayor Sadiq Khan recently presided at the unveiling of a hydrogen-powered double-decker bus, as he committed to phasing out the procurement of diesel buses. No more pure diesel (non-hybrid) double-decker buses will be added to the capital’s fleet from 2018, and all new single-deckers for central London will be zero-emission.

London already has 79 zero-emission buses in its fleet (three routes are now completely electric) and has committed to procuring 300 more.

The new hydrogen bus, made by UK bus manufacturer Wrightbus, will undergo trials on London’s roads next year.

Mayor Khan is calling on other cities to follow London’s lead and work together to challenge manufacturers to produce more zero-emission buses and bring costs down. According to the Greater London Authority, 14 other major cities around the world have announced plans to phase out diesel buses.

“I want London to become a world leader in hydrogen and electric bus technology,” said Mayor Khan. “I’m implementing hard-hitting measures to clean up London’s toxic air and it’s great that more cities are getting on board to phase out the procurement of pure diesel buses, which sends a clear signal that only the cleanest technologies are wanted in our cities.”

Greener buses have higher up-front capital costs than dirty diesels. To address this issue, the C40 Climate Change Leadership Group of Cities will host a Finance Academy in April to help cities unlock funding for more zero-emission buses and the supporting infrastructure.

“I congratulate the cities of London and Paris on their far-reaching plans to deploy clean buses, and I encourage all cities to make use of European funding opportunities to support this transition,” said EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc. “Better cooperation of public authorities, operators, manufacturers and finance is needed now. Therefore, we are developing a deployment initiative for clean buses at the European level, including a platform to better align planning and investment.”



Source: Greater London Authority

  • brian_gilbert

    All electric battery vehicles ready to use ‘driverless’ once the government make their minds up would be simpler.

    • John Trotter

      Hi Brian,
      I still think driverless cars simply means a different kind of auto related deaths, particularly where driverless and manually controlled vehicles are together in the traffic mix. I’d enjoy talking ‘offline’.

      • brian_gilbert

        I agree that driverless and driven vehicles cannot be mixed as human drivers are irresponsible. Human drivers take “small’ risks and require thinking time to react. They do not feel responsible in many situations where a driverless car would not have had the same accident. So I only advocate ‘Completely Driverless’. Plus with all-electrc vehicles to increase reliability and reduce pollution and cost. Personal Rapid Transit which is completely driverless but uses segregated driveways has been in operation on a very small scale since 1975. Accident -f ree as far as I have seen. To evaluate it effectively draw up a spreadsheet shoowing all the factors to compute the Capital Cost amd Annual Saving. You can find reliable figures for most factors on government websites erc. I have done it and it saves £Billions per year but evokes no response from anyone in a position to implement it.

      • brian_gilbert

        P.S. If you search Amazon Books for ‘Completely Driverless’ you will find some books including spreadsheets. I am 85 and my health is dodgy so I won’t be pushing it much more.