The Anonymous Widower

Where Now For The New Bus for London?

This post was prompted, when I found this post on Leon Daniel’s blog.  It was this paragraph that caught my eye.

The buses have also been busy promoting British technology at home and abroad. After leaving the USA, LT1 journeyed to Bogota after which it will head to the Far East. Another vehicle is already doing similar duties in Europe and a third vehicle is likely to be added to the tour. Wherever they go they attract huge attention and continue to promote Britain and British industry.

It’s an interesting itinerary!

Couple this sort of story with the news last week about LT100 appearing in Ipswich and it does appear there is a strong move to sell the buses more widely.

Remember though that WrightBus have sold a lot of buses to the Far East in places like Hong Kong and Singapore.

The New Bus for London is also not built like most other buses and coaches, which makes it easy to assemble from a kit of parts with most of the body made locally. Hong Kong and Singapore have got their previous Wright buses this way. I speculated on a New Bus for Hong Kong in May 2012.

These buses are almost like a kit of parts, that can be assembled in many ways.

But surely, one of the biggest selling points of the bus, is that each operator can rebrand them as they want.  Will we see a New Bus for Ipswich?

And don’t forget that London’s red buses have always been fashionable and extremely cool. Were bendy buses ever that?

I do think we’ll see one big change on New Buses for London in a few years. Hybrid buses, like the New Bus for London, use a lot of batteries, that need to be changed every few years. I suspect these will be replaced by some form of mechanical energy storage device like a flywheel. There’s something about the testing of this type of technology here.

To my untrained brain, I think that the distributed nature of the power train on the New Bus for London, where the various parts are positioned around the bus, lends itself to the replacement of the batteries by a flywheel. The batteries are under the front stairs and the engine is under the back stairs, with the electric motors in the rear wheel hubs.

December 7, 2013 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,

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