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London to invest in hybrid buses that could charge wirelessly

Transport for London TfL has announced that it is set to trial innovative technology that will enable specifically designed buses to charge their batteries wirelessly at bus stops. From 2015, the new charging technology will be trialed on up to four extended range diesel electric hybrid buses in east London.

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It is hoped that the trial will help TfL develop greater plans for the use of electric buses in central London in the future, assisting the Mayor’s vision of a central London Ultra Low Emission Zone. Mike Weston, TfL’s Director of Buses, said: “We are continuing our assessment of new technology in the capital that can deliver genuine environmental benefits. This trial of extended range diesel electric hybrid buses, utilising the latest inductive charging technology, could be a step closer to getting even cleaner double deck buses on London’s streets.”

This trial is part funded as part of a wider European Programme called Zero Emissions Urban Bus System (ZeEUS) which is co-ordinated by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP, L’Union Internationale des Transports Publics).

This electric bus trial is one of the many measures cities can introduce to make transport more environmentally friendly. Copenhagen, European Green Capital 2014, is carrying out lab tests on hydrogen, electricity and biofuels for cars. By 2015, 85% of municipal passenger cars should be running on electricity or hydrogen. By 2025, the target is for 20-30% of all passenger cars in the city to use hydrogen, electricity or biofuels, with five hydrogen fuelling stations in the Greater Copenhagen area.