London’s distinctive taxis and double-decker buses are iconic symbols of city’s transportation system. The famous metropolis is all ready to shift to a cleaner, greener model of double-decker buses which was introduced recently as the red emblem of 21st century London.
Stylized by Wright Group in conjunction with Thomas Heatherwick the new design sleek promises a new bus with sweeping asymmetrical front, sleek lines and ample use of glass to let in more natural light. The new Routemaster is a hybrid bus which is 15% more fuel efficient than existing hybrid buses and 40% more than the already existing conventional diesel double-deckers. The hybrid bus costs $420,000 each and has two sets of staircases to access the top floor as well as an open rear platform that can open and close, in order to facilitate quicker boarding. The first prototype is expected to be delivered later next year in 2011 and be in service by 2012.
Via: Fast Company