Saturday, October 20, 2007

Who killed the electric bus?

Found while catching up on reading The Economist, an article from the September, 2007 technology quarterly about the London Electrobus Company, which ran electric buses in London from 1907 to 1909.

It's truly a shame the amount of damage some unscrupulous opportunists can wreak on an emerging market, if the newspapers analysis of the reason for failure is correct.

And perhaps this is an idea on the electric vehicle front: Easily accessible/exchangeable battery packs with standard sizes/configurations, a subscription based service plan to allow a vehicle operator to drive into a battery swap station and get their batteries changed out for freshly charged ones... What an interesting idea....