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Go-Ahead, London’s Largest Bus Operator, Will Start Trialing 300-Mile Electric Double Decker Bus In 2022

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Go-Ahead, London’s largest bus operator, will begin in-service trials of the Jewel E electric buses on London streets in 2022. 

The Jewel E electric double-decker bus has a 543 kWh battery pack and a max range of 300 miles on a single charge.

Equipmake, Beulas Partner With London’s Largest Bus Operator To Provide Double Decker Electric Buses

Go-Ahead, London’s largest bus operator, has teamed up with UK electrification specialist Equipmake and Spanish coachbuilder Beulas to launch a new double-decker electric bus called the Jewel E onto the capital’s streets.





Go-Ahead London will begin in-service trials of the Jewel E electric buses on London streets beginning early next year.

Go-Ahead, London's Largest Bus Operator, Will Start Trialing 300-Mile Electric Double Decker Bus In 2022 - autojosh

Back in September, the two companies partnered together to unveil the Jewel E, an electric double-decker bus with a 543 kWh battery pack and a max range of 300 miles on a single charge.

According to the two companies, this is the largest battery of any two-axle, double-decker electric bus in the world.

Go-Ahead, London's Largest Bus Operator, Will Start Trialing 300-Mile Electric Double Decker Bus In 2022 - autojosh

Per a press release from Equipmake, the Jewel E is one of the first electric buses to meet the latest Transport for London (TfL) bus safety requirements for 2024.

Equipmake stated that its development team also worked closely with Go-Ahead London’s engineering team to meet these 2024 specifications.





Go-Ahead, London's Largest Bus Operator, Will Start Trialing 300-Mile Electric Double Decker Bus In 2022 - autojosh

Richard Harrington, engineering director at Go-Ahead London, said:

“At Go-Ahead London, we believe passionately that converting our fleet from internal combustion power to electric energy will deliver a long-term solution to cut emissions and help provide a clean air environment.”

Go-Ahead, London's Largest Bus Operator, Will Start Trialing 300-Mile Electric Double Decker Bus In 2022 - autojosh

“To date, we have already saved 700 tonnes of CO2 with our existing electric fleet and opened Europe’s first all-electric bus garage, so we have the necessary infrastructure already in place to seamlessly integrate the Jewel E test program into our services.

What makes the Jewel E even more exciting is that it is one of the first EV buses to meet the new Transport for London (TfL) bus safety standard specifications and requirements for 2024, which is a key advantage for our passengers and drivers and the public.”

Go-Ahead, London's Largest Bus Operator, Will Start Trialing 300-Mile Electric Double Decker Bus In 2022 - autojosh

The Jewel E is fit with a modular Li-ion battery design, offering future customers the option of a 325 kWh, 434 kWh, or 543kWh pack. Equipmake’s proprietary HTM 3500 motor promises 3,500 Nm of torque at a low speed of 1,000 rpm, delivering 400 kW max power.

Following Go-Ahead London’s service trials, the electric buses will begin manufacturing in Norfolk. The UK government has goals to integrate at least 4,000 British-built zero-emission buses into the UK market by 2024, so more electric double-decker buses are sure to follow.





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