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Ashok Leyland Optare to Supply Electric Double Decker Buses for London

Auto News - Published on Fri, 21 Feb 2020

Image Source: Ashok Leyland Optare Electric Bus Metrodecker
Ashok Leyland announced a significant order win by its subsidiary Optare PLC. It is partnering with Tower Transit Group in the launch of two new electric routes in London with the supply of 37 Metrodecker double deck EVs. The award winning Metrodecker EV, the world’s first zero emission double decker, is designed and built at Optare’s facility in Sherburn, near Leeds. Building on more than a decade’s experience in EV buses, Optare launched a prototype in 2016 and following extensive trials in London and in a number of cities across the UK, the company launched its second generation bus in 2018.

The Metrodecker EV entered service in summer 2019. Tower Transit’s order is the third major contract for the Metrodecker EV in just over a year, and the second order for the capital. By the end of 2020, 100 units of the bus will be in service. The Metrodecker EV’s class leading range, capacity and efficiency has delivered this growth. Optare continues to invest in developing electric vehicles with the aim to be at the forefront of this technology.

Tower Transit was awarded the contract for routes 23 and C3 by Transport for London in November 2019. The routes will operate out of the operator’s Westbourne Park garage in the North West of the Capital. Routes C3 and 23 will be Tower Transit’s first battery electric operation.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 21 Feb 2020
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