London United reaches a million hybrid miles

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A London United BAE Systems-powered ADL E400 Hybrid
A London United BAE Systems-powered ADL E400 Hybrid

RATP-owned London United operate a fleet of 27 hybrid buses built by Alexander Dennis which use BAE HybriDrive hybrid electric propulsion systems, comprising of five single and 22 double deck vehicles.

Since the first of these vehicles entered service in late 2008 the operator said it has saved over 44,000 gallons of diesel and prevented the release of more than 450 tonnes of CO2.

London United engineering director Les Birchley said: “London United is proud to be the first operator inLondonto achieve the milestone of one million hybrid miles. Our fleet of hybrid buses continue to perform well, and have proved their worth in terms of achieving both superior fuel savings and optimum reliability. Our passengers and drivers love them.”

Rob Lindsay, BAE Systems, director of Transport Systems (UK and Europe) commented: “We firmly believe hybrid is the right technology for UK transit bus, and with HybriDrive Series we have a proven, robust system. Seeing London United place a repeat order for HybriDrive Series-powered vehicles and then reach a million miles of service with them is a fantastic achievement.”