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London is experimenting with wireless charged electric buses

A good city is one where it has all of the necessary infrastructure to get it going, and that includes an efficient public transport system to handle the huge number of commuters who go to work and return home to the suburbs in the same day, not to mention having plenty of tourists who would want nothing better than to soak in the entire atmosphere. Having said that, it looks as though the public transport network in London is slowly but surely getting more advanced, with Transport for London having deployed 800 hybrid and a bunch of all-electric buses on the capital’s streets already.

While London’s public transport network is getting more hi-tech by the minute, the city’s buses and trains aren’t as green as they could be — at least not yet. Transport for London (TfL) has already deployed 800 hybrid and a handful of all-electric buses on the capital’s streets, but keeping them charged isn’t easy when they’re miles from a depot. In a bid to keep them running as efficiently as possible, TfL has kicked off a new trial that will see inductive charging stations built into four east London bus stops, allowing its Enviro400H E400 hybrid buses to charge wirelessly while they pick up passengers. Once TfL has completed the necessary installations, the charging system will be tested on electric hybrid buses traveling route 69 (for locals, that’s between Canning Town and Walthamstow) from next year. Topping up at regular intervals means they can run for longer using only their batteries (instead of falling back onto diesel power), which reduces their running costs and impact on the environment. TfL says the trial will allow it to gauge whether wireless charging can stand up to the pressure of powering buses full of tourists and commuters across the whole city.

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