Dear Transport for London,

I've got questions in regards to your electric bus plans.

What are the upcoming routes to convert the fleet to zero emission battery electric buses?

What EV bus types will be used for the upcoming routes?

What are the cost to purchase the pure electric buses?

Does TfL purchase and directly own the electric buses?

Does TfL pay to have EV charging ports installed in bus garages?

Does TfL plan to require bus companies to purchase double deck EV buses for their new route contracts?

What are the future plans with the electric bus project?

Yours sincerely
Paul Jones

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Jones

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1781-1920

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 11
September 2019 asking for information about electric buses.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.

 

A response will be sent to you by 9 October 2019. We publish a substantial
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Yours sincerely

 

Melissa Nichols

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Jones,

 

Our ref: FOI-1781-1920

 

Thank you for your request received on 11 September 2019 asking for
information about electric buses.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our Information Access Policy. I can
confirm we do hold the information you requested. You asked:

 

What are the upcoming routes to convert the fleet to zero emission battery
electric buses?

We are currently converting routes 43 and 134 to double deck electric
buses – and all buses will be in service by the end of the year. These
double decks are made by two manufacturers – Optare and a partnership with
BYD/ADL. Next year, the following routes will be converted to electric:
94, 100, 106, 212, 230, 323, 357, 444, C10 and P5.

 

We do not select the buses, only the capacity, emissions and generic type.
Bus operators will choose from the range of makes and models available
that meets the requirement of the route they are bidding for, and buy or
lease these, depending on their fleet management strategies.

 

What EV bus types will be used for the upcoming routes?

We expect the buses on upcoming electric routes to be a mix of
manufacturers, including but not exclusive to BYD/ADL, Optare, and
Caetano.

 

What are the cost to purchase the pure electric buses?

As vehicles are procured by bus operators, we do not have details of the
unit costs. We do upload route contracts to the
[1]https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder website once these have been agreed
and are no longer commercially sensitive, and these provide details of
overall costs.

 

Does TfL purchase and directly own the electric buses?

Please see above.

 

Does TfL pay to have EV charging ports installed in bus garages?

The cost of the vehicles and infrastructure is incorporated into the
contract price.

 

Does TfL plan to require bus companies to purchase double deck EV buses
for their new route contracts?

Since 2018, we have only procured new hybrid or zero-emission double deck
buses into the fleet. We specify the emissions standards on all bus
routes. It is not mandatory for bus companies to purchase double deck EV
buses for their new route contracts.

 

What are the future plans with the electric bus project?

We will be formulating an electrification strategy for bus operation in
London from the end of 2019 onwards as we need a road map to get us from
the current 200 vehicles to our ultimate objective of an entirely
zero-emission bus fleet by 2037. The Mayor’s Transport Strategy details
the current blueprint.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, please do not hesitate
to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Melissa Nichols

 

FOI Case Officer

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

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