The editors at Autocar have teamed up with Capoco Design to re-imagine the Routemaster for a new century. Among the problems with the old buses were smelly, front-mounted diesel engines that necessitated a floor too high for easy disabled access. The designers of this new iteration have replaced the conventional drive-train with a series hybrid setup using a hydrogen fueled Ford 2.3L four cylinder to drive a generator. The absence of a drive shaft allows the floor to be lowered even with the lithium ion batteries in place and air suspension allows the rear deck to be dropped to curb height for easy access. Check out the whole design at Autocar.
[Source: Autocar via Winding Road]