New hybrids will help improve air quality

90 new hybrid buses will enter service this year as part of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) efforts to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions.

Financed by the Depart for Transport’s Green Bus Fund, the boost will bring the total number of hybrids in TfL’s fleet up to more than 200 by the end of the year.

Hybrid buses, which pump out less particulate matter and oxides of nitrogen than traditional buses, are just part of a larger package to improve the capital’s air quality. This includes the New Bus for London (which will be 40% more fuel efficient than current diesel double-decker buses), unprecedented investment in cycling and the launch of Source London in April to encourage the use of electric vehicles.

Director of operations for London Buses Mike Weston said, ‘We are making excellent progress in this new and exciting technology and remain committed to maximising the number of new hybrid buses entering service from 2012’.

The Mayor and TfL are committed to tackling climate change. By 2025 the target is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60% from 1990 levels.

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