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Cover Story: Issue Issue 26 19 Dec 2011

Clean, Green and Efficient: electric power is set to be the driving force across the modes

Innovators in rail, tram, bus and new intermediate forms of public transport have been working towards greater use of electric power. It’s crucial to keeping public transport’s green credentials ahead of private transport and improving both efficiency and economics

Peter Stonham

Electric power has always been an important feature of attractive and efficient public transport. Metros and other urban railways could not operate without it, and commuter and inter city trains have benefited hugely from electrification.

Trams leapt forward by converting from horse drawn power to electric, while trolley buses were another step forward for urban bus transport. Wholly electric buses without wires have never yet been a practical solution, but the application of hybrid electric...

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