London will become home to the largest fleet of electric buses in Europe by the end of the year, in a bid to dramatically improve air quality in the capital.
This claim came as London’s first ever fully-electric bus routes were revealed.
Before 2016 is through, 51 electric buses will run along the 507 and 521 routes in central London. Combined with the 22 battery-powered buses already operating in outer London, this pushes the capital’s electric bus fleet to 73 - more than anywhere else in Europe.
The new electric buses include 12 seats with USB sockets and screens showing the next five stops and status updates for the Tube and Overground.
Nine of the new buses have already gone into service and the remainder will be phased in over coming months.
London mayor Sadiq Khan wants to transform London’s bus fleet and by 2020, he wants every one of central London’s 300 single-deck buses to be zero-emission and all 3,100 double deckers to go hybrid by 2019.
“It's vital that we act now to clean-up our capital's toxic air and do everything we can to help prevent the thousands of deaths it causes each year,” added Mr Khan.