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#AYearOfBuses 98: Willesden – Holborn

BYD electric

It’s back to London for today on #AYearOfBuses, and we’re taking a look at some rather interesting electric double deckers!

Metroline run this small fleet of five full-electric, BYD integral double deckers from their garage in Willesden. New in 2016, they form part of the allocation on TfL’s route 98, which runs from Willesden bus garage to Holborn, passing Maida Vale, Edgware Road, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road.

The small fleet were the first five double-decker electric buses in the world – since trolleybuses went to the scrapyard in the sky, of course. What they lack in good looks, they make up for in tech – the 10.2m long ‘deckers feature air conditioning, with drivelines powered by BYD Iron Phosphate batteries delivering over 345 kWh of power, with an impressive range of upto 190 miles.

Thanks to Mark Lyons for today’s photo!

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