London’s Famous Buses Get a Facelift

Eco-Travel, Travel News, UK — By Molly McGonigle on November 24, 2010 at 9:30 am

Just in time for London’s hosting gig of the 2012 Summer Olympic games, the double-deckers have gone green with a makeover. These new versions of the double-decker buses contain a hybrid engine that is 40% more fuel efficient than the standard diesel-powered engines usually used for buses. The sleeker and greener machines will have an open platform and be able to hold 87 commuters at a time.

London mayor, Boris Johnson, explains his enthusiasm for the city’s green future: “Standing on the rear platform of this delectable bus brings back a sense of nostalgia but conversely also demonstrates the quintessence of the latest technology and design, making this bus fit for the 21st century London.”

Starting in 2012, London will distribute five of these buses throughout the city and then private companies will be able to order more if they like how the new buses work.

We have to admit that we are giddy over the new double-deckers since they look so technologically progressive, yet still look like the buses that came before them. What do you think of the double-decker makeover?

[Img: New Launches]

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