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Solar-Powered Sightseeing! Tootbus Goes Electric with Rooftop Panels

Taking a giant leap towards a fully electric and renewable future, Tootbus, a global leader in sustainable sightseeing, has secured approval to install rooftop solar panels on their Wandsworth depot in London. Partnering with electric fleet solutions provider VEV, this innovative project positions Tootbus at the forefront of eco-friendly tourism.

The solar panels will generate 100% clean energy to power Tootbus’ existing electric fleet. This translates to an estimated 65,000kWh of electricity produced annually, enough to power roughly 60,000 kilometers of travel per year once the entire fleet is electric.

Leading the Charge in Green Sightseeing

Tootbus has consistently been a champion of sustainability. In 2021, they became the first sightseeing bus company to adopt HVO fuel, significantly reducing CO2 emissions by up to 90%. Their collaboration with VEV marks a significant step forward in electric bus implementation, extending their commitment to a greener future beyond London, as they operate hop-on hop-off tours in iconic cities like Bath, Paris, and Brussels.

A Commitment to a Greener Tomorrow

The solar panel installation is just the first phase. Tootbus is dedicated to operating London’s first fully electric sightseeing bus fleet by 2029. Additional infrastructure projects are underway to support this ambitious goal.

Sustainability is central to Tootbus’ operations. Gavin Brooking, Managing Director at Tootbus UK, expressed his excitement about the project, highlighting its significance in Tootbus’ renewable energy journey and their commitment to leading the way in green tourism for cleaner central areas of London.

Furthermore, Tootbus offers a paperless ticketing system through their app and provides customers with eco-friendly amenities like wheat straw fiber headphones, encouraging reuse and minimizing waste.

Benefits for Tourists and the Environment

Tourists choosing Tootbus can explore London while minimizing their carbon footprint. Electric buses offer a quieter and smoother ride, enhancing the sightseeing experience while reducing environmental impact. Imagine cruising past iconic landmarks with minimal noise pollution, fully immersing yourself in the city’s unique soundscape.

A Cleaner London for All

As Tootbus transitions to a fully electric fleet, Londoners can expect reduced greenhouse gas emissions and minimized noise pollution in central areas. The company’s reliance on the National Grid will also decrease, lessening the overall strain on the electricity grid. This translates to cleaner air and a more peaceful environment for residents and visitors alike.

VEV’s Expertise in Electric Fleet Implementation

VEV, Tootbus’ partner in this endeavor, brings expertise in electric fleet solutions. Mike Nakrani, CEO of VEV, emphasized the importance of solar power generation as part of the electrification strategy and maximizing clean energy use during peak sunshine hours. They also played a key role in navigating the complexities of gaining planning permission for the solar installation on Tootbus’ Grade 2 listed Wandsworth depot.

This integrated approach positions Tootbus as a frontrunner in sustainable sightseeing, offering a greener and quieter travel experience for tourists while minimizing environmental impact.

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Firas is a Daily News Writer. He's been captivated by the world of electric mobility, the automotive industry, and technology for years. His days are filled with the exploration of news and prominent trends in electric vehicles. Market analysis and the ever-evolving future of EVs hold a special place in his heart. 🚗🔋🌐 #EVEnthusiast


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