Mayor answers to London
Hybrid buses (1)
Question by Darren Johnson
How many buses are there in the London bus fleet? How many new buses are planned for 2012/13? How many of these will be hybrid electric or superior?
Answer by Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent to you shortly.
Written answer received on 17 November 2011:
There were 8,528 vehicles in the London bus fleet as at March 2011. TfL plans to introduce approximately 800 new buses in 2012/13, of which 52 will be hybrids. This may rise as further bus operating contracts based on new vehicles are awarded. There are currently 133 diesel-electric hybrid buses in the fleet and 184 on order which is in line with TfLs target of 300 by 2012.
The cost of hybrid buses has not reduced as originally anticipated. We are continuing to look for every opportunity to bring this down. This includes active negotiations with operators and discussions with bus manufacturers.
TfL is at the forefront of looking at technologies that offer zero-tailpipe-emission options for London now and in future. We are currently operating hydrogen fuel-cell buses on Route RV1 and considering trials of pure battery-powered buses if they meet operational requirements for London.