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PHOTO CAPTION: Routemaster Hybrid-electric bus. Photo: London Transport

Next Generation Hybrid Double-Decker Rolled Out

New Routemaster double-decker transit bus gets double fuel economy of diesel models and produces less than half the emissions in CO2.

Published: 20-Dec-2011

The first of London’s next-gen double-decker buses is a hybrid that officials promise is “most environmentally friendly” and “the latest, greatest masterpiece of British engineering.”

Please keep your Lucas jokes to yourself.

The bus, unveiled Friday in Trafalgar Square, is the first designed specifically for London in more than 50 years. The Routemaster-inspired bus went from the drawing board to a fully functioning prototype in just two years. Transport for London awarded the contract for engineering design to Northern Ireland-based Wrightbus in January 2010. Wrightbus and London’s Heatherwick Studio have now finished the first prototype.

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