London’s First EV Tourist Bus Starts Work

London’s first hop-on, hop-off fully electric bus open-top service takes to the streets today to whisk sightseeing tourists around the capital in zero-emission silence.

Sight-seeing company The Original Tour launched its first open-top EV outside Westminster Abbey, one of the most popular sights on its tour itinerary. Unsurprisingly green in color and intention, the 12-meter double-decker will run on the company’s Yellow route, taking in sights and scenery from St Paul’s to The Shard and Shakespeare’s Globe to the Gherkin building.

London’s deputy mayor for environment and energy, Shirley Rodrigues, said: “To help tackle the air pollution health crisis in London we have taken bold action to ‘green’ the bus fleet and cut toxic vehicle emissions. With six months to go until the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London, electric vehicles are growing in popularity, and people are more aware than ever of the harmful pollution older buses and vehicles can emit.”

The Original Tour is credited with pioneering the now familiar hop-on hop-off sightseeing concept. Founded in 1951 during The Festival of Britain it invited passengers to tour ‘around the town for half a crown’.


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