All-electric London tram-buses due to operate this summer

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The vehicles, called ieTrams, will operate in south-east London, linking Orpington with Crystal Palace.

All-electric tram-buses are due to enter service on the streets of the capital in the near future, the mayor of London has said.

The vehicles, called ieTrams will operate on route 358 in south-east London, linking Orpington with Crystal Palace. Sadiq Khan confirmed the buses, originally due to launch in early 2023, would be in use later this summer.The electric buses will use pantograph technology for a quick-boost charge at either end of the route, allowing the buses to stay out for the full day.

A pantograph is an arm-like structure, that attaches itself to the roof of the bus, to deliver a quick, high-power charge.The buses would have conventionally been charged overnight. The buses have large windows and the covered wheels are believed to be safer for pedestrians and cyclists.More Aer Lingus flights cancelled as dispute continuesEze's school sends semi-final good luck messagesSelma Taha said she and two friends had been been the victims of a racist attack on the Tube last year.


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