David Bell visited London on Tuesday and came across two rather special vehicles that have recently made the news...
The first bus featuring in this post is New Routemaster LT150 - LTZ 1150 which has been delivered wearing a rather dashing silver & red livery as part of Transport for London's 'Year of the Bus' celebrations, it is pictured looking resplendent below whilst on display near the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.
Front view of LT150 LTZ 1150 at Covent Garden © David Bell.
Rear view of LT150 LTZ 1150 at Covent Garden © David Bell.
The specially liveried New Routemaster which is allocated to the London United fleet will enter service on Route 9 between Hammersmith and Aldwych soon.
The second bus featuring in this post is BYD ebus EB2 - LC63 CXY, one of two all electric Chinese manufactured single deckers allocated to Go Ahead London for use on the former Red Arrows commuter routes, the 507 between Waterloo and Victoria & the 521 between Waterloo and London Bridge, it is pictured below at Waterloo wearing TfL's special electric bus livery.
Front view of EB2 LC63 CXY at Waterloo © David Bell.
Rear view of EB2 LC63 CXY at Waterloo © David Bell.
The buses take around four to five hours to charge overnight and are expected to have a range of 250km per charge - enough for a days work on either routes 507 or 521 without the need for a top-up charge during the day. In addition to the BYD ebus, four further electric buses will be trialled in London from early 2014, if the trials taking place are successful it is possible more electric buses could join the capital's bus fleet in the future.
• TfL Year of the Bus website
• TfL Electric Bus press release