DesE bus for Queen and Country. Ashok Leyland bags order to supply E-double decker busses in London

Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group, has made India proud as its subsidiary Optare PLC with the supply of 37 Metrodecker double deck EVs in partnership with Transit Tower Group for two new E bus routes. The award winning Metrodecker EV, the world’s first zero emission double decker, is designed and built at Optare’s facility in Sherburn, near Leeds.  Optare first launced the prototype back in 2016 following extensive trials in London and in a number of cities across the UK, and launched its second generation bus in 2018. 

DesE bus for Queen and Country. Ashok Leyland bags order to supply E-double decker busses in London 1

This order for Tower Transit is the third major contract for the Metrodecker EV in just over a year, and the second order for the capital. By the end of 2020, 100 units of the bus will be in service.

Mr. Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, Ashok Leyland
“It is a matter of pride for us that our Company has won its second order for the iconic double-decker buses, run on batteries, in London. 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.

We recently became the 3rd largest bus maker in the world. With this order win by Optare, 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. Our vision is to be amongst the Top 10 CV makers globally and Optare is playing a critical role by being ahead of the curve in terms of E-Mobility and strengthening our leadership position globally.”

Tower Transit was awarded the contract for routes 23 and C3 by Transport for London in November 2019.  The routes will operate out of the operator’s Westbourne Park garage in the North West of the Capital. Routes C3 and 23 will be Tower Transit’s first battery electric operation.

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