London's hybrid buses to wirelessly recharge at bus stops
Hybrid buses in 'The Big Smoke', which use both electric batteries and a motor will soon be able to recharge wirelessly every time they stop at a bus stop. TfL has announced that the utilisation of inductive charging will mean that the non-eco-friendly engine will hardly have to be used at all.
The first phase of the new initiative will see chargers be built into four bus stops in east London – working on the route 69 between Canning Town and Walthamstow.
In addition to the obvious environmental benefits, the project will also enable buses to run with far less vibration, noise, and offensive engine/fume smells. At present there are around 800 hybrid buses operating in London – with aims for a total of 1,700 to be active by 2016 – around 20% of London's bus fleet.