March 2, 2012

London launches revamped double-decker bus

Photo courtesy Transport for London.

Photo courtesy Transport for London.
LONDON — The retooled version of the iconic red double-decker bus was launched on the streets of London this week. The buses, which are equipped with diesel-electric hybrid technology, cost an estimated $2.25 million apiece, according to an report.

The bus has three sets of doors, each with Oyster card readers. On the inside, there are two staircases, one near the front and one at the back, for easy access to and from the upper deck.

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  • Claire Coulter[ March 7th, 2012 @ 4:29am ]

    The project will be delivered within the original project budget of £11.37m. This includes the design of the bus from scratch, construction of a full size static mock-up, construction of an engineering test vehicle, a rigorous testing regime and the manufacture of eight prototype vehicles. The new bus utilises cutting edge green technology including the latest development in hybrid engines and drive line systems. As with any major project this figure includes other costs including project management, legal and procurement costs, risk and contingency. We fully expect to have hundreds of these bespoke hybrid vehicles on our streets in years to come. Our original outlay is a sound investment and we expect the final cost of the bus, once in full production, to be comparable with a standard double deck hybrid. A manufacturer would normally recover the research and development costs over the production run of the vehicle. The project represents good value for money when you consider the benefits that the new bus will bring in terms of fuel economy and lower emissions. Some of the new technology benefits will be of great benefit for generic bus design and hence benefit a wider market.


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