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Could trolleybuses help solve the electric bus conundrum?

Ray Bentley, Bere Alston PL20
10 January 2020
A trolleybus in Rome: could they electrify UK bus networks too, asks Ray Bentley
A trolleybus in Rome: could they electrify UK bus networks too, asks Ray Bentley


The development of all-electric buses hits two problems. Firstly, the energy density of batteries is sufficiently low to mean that the weight of batteries to hold a full day’s energy becomes prohibitive. Furthermore, top-up charges during the working day present charging infrastructure issues and bus operators lose revenue earning time while vehicles are charged. A step change in battery technology will be needed to increase energy density sufficiently to overcome these...

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