THANK YOU Kim Cowell for pointing out that it takes only two hours to re-charge the batteries of an electric-powered bus (Your views, YEP April 22).
It could make my “barmy” idea into a practical possibility. If you use a torch you don’t throw it away when the battery is exhausted, you replace the battery.
So, why not make the bus battery pack easily removable, say on a platform, a flat pack assembly on the roof or any method of simple removal inbetween?
Provide a charging station at each end of the route with a “queue” of spare battery units, first in the queue being fully charged, last one exhausted and those between on charge, to be fully charged after two hours.
If an incoming bus has insufficient power available to complete its next end-to-end journey, change the battery. Depending on the number of buses involved, frequency of service and, no doubt, other factors, the number of spare battery units at each end can be determined and although the cost will be high it should surely be less than that for festooning the route with overhead wires suspended on hundreds of gantries.
The environmental advantages are obvious. Buses remain constantly in service. Being independent they can be moved off the route in the event of breakdown allowing the service to continue running and this independence allows for future expansion to other routes without the need for costly and ugly infrastructure.
Objectors’ problems with tree destruction, verges, roads, houses, shops and gardens etc are reduced or eliminated and are certainly no worse than those in current plans.
We have a renowned bus maker in Leeds, use them. Come on fellas, pick holes in the idea if it is not practical but remember, if there is a will, there is a way.
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