Mayor welcomes 200th hybrid bus to London25 January 2012

Mayor of London Boris Johnson's drive to achieve cleaner air for London has received a boost, with the delivery of the 200th hybrid bus for the capital's fleet.

Its arrival confirms London as the largest operator of hybrid buses – combining batteries, an electric motor and a conventional diesel engine to deliver claimed fuel savings of 30% – in the UK.

Transport for London (TfL) says the hybrid buses not only cut costs, but also deliver a 20% reduction in NOx pollution, as well as reducing noise and carbon emission, leading to a greener environment.

The 200th diesel-electric hybrid bus was delivered to Metroline at its Cricklewood bus garage and joins the growing fleet of greener buses working on routes across the capital. By the end of 2012, TfL's hybrid bus fleet in the capital will swell to more than 300 vehicles.

Since 2006, adoption of diesel-electric hybrid has doubled year on year and hybrid buses can now be spotted all over London. There is currently one all-hybrid bus route, operated by GoAhead which runs between Kensington and Elephant and Castle.

The latest batch of hybrid buses will be used on the Route 16, which Metroline operates between Victoria to Cricklewood.

Mike Weston, London Buses operations director, says: "London is leading the way on hybrid technology as we continue contributing to improving the fuel efficiency of our vehicles, cutting the Capital's CO2 emissions and improving air quality."

John Challen

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