The Mayor of London has announced two new fully electric bus routes to cut toxic emissions in the capital.
The move is the latest stage in Sadiq Khan’s ambitious plans to reduce air pollution, which is said to be responsible for the premature deaths of more than 9,000 Londoners every year.
London already boasts the largest electric bus fleet in Europe – the addition of 36 new vehicles next spring will take the total number of electric buses to 121, on top of the 2,000 hybrid electric buses already in use.
The new routes to go green are C1 and 70, which run between White City and Victoria and between South Kensington and Acton respectively.
Mr Khan said: “These new electric buses will eradicate harmful emissions and will have a significant impact on the quality of our air. And this is only the beginning – by 2018 we will stop buying diesel-only double-decker buses completely.
“I want London to become a world leader in hydrogen and electric bus technology and I hope other cities around the world will join me in sending the message that only the cleanest technologies are welcome where we live and work.”
The Mayor of London has recently announced the introduction of 10 new Low Emission Bus Zones (LEBZ).
The European Commission has issued “final warnings” to five countries, including the UK, for failing to address air pollution.