Electric Buses

A History Including Minibuses, Taxis and Trolleys

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About the Book

The exponential success of battery electric buses calls for a reappraisal of their history. When, in the 19th century, the horse-drawn omnibus was first replaced by motive power, battery-powered buses and streetcars were presented as an alternative to the tramcar. However, operators soon realized the limited autonomy of the heavy batteries and opted for gasoline engines. Even with the OPEC crisis in the 1970s, various experiments with battery buses did not fully meet expectations. However, with the arrival of the lithium-ion battery in 2007, manufacturers in China and elsewhere began to deliver literally thousands of battery buses to transit authorities around the world. This comprehensive history traces the roots of the electric bus from 1564 to its resounding success in 2019.

About the Author(s)

Kevin Desmond, a technology historian and biographer, lives near Bordeaux in southern France. Since 1976, he has published 33 books and 300-plus articles on the men and women innovators, often forgotten, behind the progress of transport and related subjects.

Bibliographic Details

Kevin Desmond
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 70 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7752-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3871-3
Imprint: McFarland