RATP Dev to convert two London routes with 36 electric buses

RATP Dev to convert two London routes with 36 electric buses

RATP Dev has agreed to convert its London bus routes C1 and 70 to full electric operation by 2018. The company currently operates 243 hybrid buses in the capital, through its subsidiaries London United, London Sovereign and Quality Line, and in a deal agreed with TfL, RATP Dev has committed to 36 electric buses for the C1 and 70 routes. 

RATP Dev will develop the infrastructure to park and charge the electric buses at Shepherd’s Bush depot with a plan to convert that depot progressively to a fleet of all-electric vehicles, as London’s first zero-emissions bus depot.

As a group RATP is already working on its Bus 2025 programme which will see a 100 per cent low emission bus fleet in the Paris region by 2025.

“RATP group is taking a clear stance as a European leader in the energy transition,” says Elisabeth Borne, President and CEO of RATP group. “In Paris, we already operate 630 hybrid buses, 55 electric buses and 140 buses using renewable gas. We are proud to pursue these innovations on our London network and to be working alongside with TfL to build a more sustainable London.”

TfL managing director of surface transport Leon Daniels, adds: “We’re delighted to be working with RATP Dev to deliver greener buses for this city. They will help improve air quality and offer a better journey experience for customers. This is a momentous time as we help deliver the mayor’s vision for a cleaner, safer transport network.”