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London buses are getting digital tube-style route maps and built-in USB sockets

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Kyra Hanson

You'll never be stranded without phone battery in London again thanks to a 51-strong super fleet of electric buses, which will soon be loose on London's streets. Not only will the new single-deck buses produce 40 percent less CO2 than their predecessors, but they'll have those much-coveted USB sockets so that you can charge your phone on the go. But you'll have to be quick if you want to nab the new best seat on the bus, as the USB ports will only appear on 12 seats. And that's not all – these swanky new buses will also include digital displays showing the next five stops in tube map-style, as well as arrival times at upcoming stops and live travel alerts for the tube and overground.

But before you get too excited, the electric buses will only be running on two London routes for now – the 507 from Waterloo to Victoria and 521 from Waterloo to London Bridge. Sadiq Khan has confirmed that these routes will become the first fully electric bus routes by the end of the year, taking London's tally of clean fuel buses up to 73 – the largest fleet in Europe. 

The move is part of Sadiq Khan's campaign for cleaner air, but he's got quite a job on his hands. There are plans for the 300 single-deck buses that travel through central London to be zero emission by 2020 and all 3,100 double-deckers to be hybrid by 2019. Currently, London only has 2,000 hybrid electric buses, which run on a mixture of diesel and electric, but cut emissions by an around 30 percent.

In other news, you can't hop on or hop off on London's Routemaster buses any more

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