London to trial wirelessly charged hybrid buses

A new trial of plug-in hybrid buses that could be recharged wirelessly is to be launched in east London next year. The buses will be fitted with special technology that […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A new trial of plug-in hybrid buses that could be recharged wirelessly is to be launched in east London next year.

The buses will be fitted with special technology that will enable the batteries to receive a charging boost while they wait at bus stops.

Four of Transport for London’s (TfL) buses will operate from next year on the Stagecoach-operated route 69 between Canning Town and Walthamstow bus stations, both of which will be fitted with inductive wireless charging technology.

Mike Weston, Director of Buses at TfL said: “We are continuing our assessment of new technology in the capital that can deliver genuine environmental benefits. This trial of extended range diesel electric hybrid buses, utilising the latest inductive charging technology, could be a step closer to getting even cleaner double deck buses on London’s streets.”

TfL expects more than 1,700 hybrid buses to be in service on London’s streets by 2016.