Ashok Leyland announced significant win by its subsidiary Optare PLC. It is partnering with Tower Transit Group in the launch of two new electric routes in London with the supply of 37 Metrodecker double deck EVs. The award winning Metrodecker EV, the world's first zero emission double decker, is designed and built at Optare's facility in Sherburn, near Leeds. Building on more than a decade's experience in EV buses, Optare launched a prototype in 2016 and following extensive trials in London and in a number of cities across the UK, the company launched its second generation bus in 2018.
The Metrodecker EV entered service in summer 2019.
Tower Transit's order is the third major contract for the Metrodecker EV in just over a year, and the second order for the capital. By the end of 2020, 100 units of the bus will be in service. The Metrodecker EVJs class leading range, capacity and efficiency has delivered this growth. Optare continues to invest in developing electric vehicles with the aim to be at the forefront of this technology.
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