Optare PLC, a subsidiary of Ashok Leyland, won an order for electric double decker buses in London. It is partnering with Tower Transit Group in the launch of two new electric routes in London with the supply of 37 Metrodecker double decker EVs.
The Metrodecker EV is the world’s first zero emission double decker, whcih is designed and built at Optare’s facility in Sherburn, near Leeds.
Building on more than a decade’s experience in EV buses, Optare launched a prototype four years ago and following extensive trials in London and across the UK, the company launched its second generation bus in 2018.
The Metrodecker EV entered service in summer 2019. Tower Transit’s order is the third major contract for the Metrodecker EV in just a year, and the second order for the capital. By this year, 100 units of the bus will be in service.
Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, Ashok Leyland, said, “Optare’s win comes at a time when big cities are figuring out ways to cut down on emission and we are thrilled to be part of the solution. These 37 Metrodecker EVs will save more than 1,800 tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions well to wheel in each year of operation versus a Euro 6 bus.
He said the company has recently became the 3rd largest bus maker in the world. With this orde, he said, we are certainly looking forward to raise the bench mark not only in terms of market reach but also the innovation and technology that we bring into the industry.