LONDON: Electric bus is a breath of fresh air

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, second left, with visitors at the air quality event, which featured a London United electric bus being trialled on its H98 Hayes to Hounslow service.

An electric bus operated by RATP Dev-owned London United was the focus of interest at an air quality event held at The Mansion House, London, on July 29, attended by the Mayor of London.

The single-deck MetroCity bus was on display so that visitors arriving at the event could view the vehicle built in Yorkshire by Optare, one of four that is being trialled on the H98 Hayes to Hounslow service. As the buses are battery-operated, they produce zero emissions and so help improve air quality in the capital.

RATP Dev London’s Operations Director, Maurice Bulmer, said: “Electric buses do not emit harmful particulates or nitrogen dioxide and are much better for the environment. They are also silent so help cut down on noise pollution as well!

“There is an enormous amount of pollution across the globe and RATP believes that electric buses are part of the solution in addressing this problem. We are sure that electric buses are here to stay so we are working closely with Transport for London and the manufacturer to develop these products.”