A PROMISING START FOR BATTERY BUSES IN THE HIGH STREET

The experimental operation of two prototype battery-powered electric buses on passenger service in seven city centers, is examined. After one year and nine months service respectively, overall reliability in terms of mileage achieved, compared to scheduled mileage, was 82.5%. Improvements during the later stages of operation showed that a reliability of 97% was possible. Maintenance time on the prototype vehicles is high, but corresponding work on a production vehicle would be much less since data recording would not be required as in the experimental project, and battery maintenance has been deliberately generous on the prototypes. Routine maintenance of the whole electrical system is not expected to exceed 3-4 man hours per quarter, and maintenance for the entire traction systems is estimated at about 1 man hour per week. Unscheduled maintenance is expected to add another 82 man hours a year. /TRRL/

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    Morgan-Grampian Limited

    30 Calderwood Street
    London SE18 6QH,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Beaston, C
  • Publication Date: 1973

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 2 p.
  • Serial:
    • ENGINEER
    • Volume: 237
    • Issue Number: 6128
    • Publisher: Morgan-Grampian Limited
    • ISSN: 0013-7758

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00260978
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1981 12:00AM