Dial-a-Ride are new vehicles being offered by Transport for London and they are soon going to be using biofuel in 12 of them. This means that the vehicles are going to be producing an estimated 25% less CO2 emissions than a normal vehicle powered with diesel would. It is expected that if the trial is successful the rest of the fleet will also be using biofuel in the future.
The bio diesel is going to be provided by Argent Energy and is going to be recovered from cooking oil. The Mayor of London has stated that this plan is part of the drive by the city to reduce the carbon emissions in the city and keep oil out of landfill.
Kulveer Ranger is the Director of Environment in London and he said, “Mayor Johnson is keen to see London becoming a greener and cleaner city. He is dedicated to finding new technologies that produce less carbon emissions and one of these is biofuel.” The director of development at Argent Energy, Dickon Posnett, has commented, “We are very pleased to be able to offer a new bio diesel to and it is a very sustainable solution for the city.”
Transport for London have recently introduced a whole range of initiatives that are aimed at reducing carbon emissions in London, including five buses running on hydrogen fuel cell technology in the city running between Tower Gateway station and Covent Garden.
It is expected that in the near future three more buses will be purchased that will run on hydrogen. When these buses join the fleet, the first routes in London will start to be covered entirely by buses that are only using hydrogen. Currently over 170 hybrid diesel buses are being run in the city which are more environmentally friendly than their straight diesel counterparts.