Ashok Leyland's subsidiary, Optare PLC from Transport for London has won a significant order for 31 Optare Metrodecker EV double-decker buses. The buses will be bought by Metroline and will be added to London's fleet by next year. The buses will be used on Metroline's routes 43 (Friern Barnet - London Bridge) and 134 (North Finchley - Tottenham Court Road), which will be exclusively operated by electric double deckers. This landmark order delivers the largest pure electric double-decker bus fleet in Europe.
Mr. Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, said, "Double-decker buses in London have been iconic and is a matter of prestige for the city. It is a moment of great pride not only for us but for our country, as our subsidiary, Optare wins such a crucial and environmentally significant order. Optare, along with active involvement of Ashok Leyland engineering, has been at the forefront of e-mobility evolution and this order proves that it has the technology prowess that is expected from one of the most challenging markets like the UK."
He went on to state that Ashok Leyland has been investing intelligently in developing e-mobility solutions for various markets and the investment in Optare was a strategic move which will has provided long-term benefits.
With the Indian government looking for alternate fuel options for public transport, it appears that if the demand does arise, Ashok Leyland is more than ready to provide the technology as also the support when it comes to electric vehicles.