Hoping to lead to a roll out of vehicles in the UK’s capital a new prototype for a hybrid bus is being tested. Transport for London says the vehicle with a lightweight electric motor has been sent to Millbrook Proving Ground to receive testing.
With hybrid technology it is hoped the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions will be reduced by over 40% as compared to the diesel powered bus as well as a reduction of 33% of particulate matter.
If all similar public transport motors were to perform to this level in the capital then the NOx overall amount could be reduced by over 55% increasing the overall quality of air. The overall general performance and fuel consumption would be improved as well.
Boris Johnson the Mayor of London said that he was thrilled they are putting the bus through its paces and that its mettle will be truly tested in the next few months. The first city wide network of charge points were switched on by the Mayor on Friday May 27th for those that own electric vehicles.