The Anonymous Widower

Wireless Electric Buses In Milton Keynes

This is a very good story about how bus technology is getting better. Here’s the intro.

Electric buses which their developers say can run all day are set to begin service.

A fleet of eight new electric vehicles will operate along a busy route in Milton Keynes from late January.

The buses can run for longer by virtue of a wireless booster charge they receive at the start and end of the route from plates in the road.

Remember that a lot of hybrid buses, like the New Bus for London, are effectively electric buses, where the electric power is provided by an on-board generator coupled to a battery or other energy storage device.

So could this type of pick up be fitted to these buses, to top up the battery at each end of the route? If I look the local route I use most; the 38, at the outer end of Clapton Pond, there is a vast bus parking area, which could easily charge buses for several minutes, whilst waiting to depart. I suspect that Victoria might be a bit more difficult, as space is more limited.

Obviously, the bus would need a clever GPS-savvy on-board control-system, that would decide where to get the electricity from. But as the bus would have an on-board generator, it would never get stuck without power.

For this and other reasons, all the buses for towns and cities,  we build should be electric or hybrid. The specification of the New Bus for London, says this.

The engine is a Cummins ISBe 4.5l unit, rated at 185kW.

A typical engine like this Ford unit, used in vehicles like a Land Rover Discovery is 2.7l and is rated at about 150kW.

It’s an interesting comparison.

January 9, 2014 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. […] it was all very draughty and after waiting for twenty minutes, I didn’t see any of the new wireless electric buses going to […]

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  2. […] Keynes – I have no fond memories of the capital of roundabouts, but I was mugged there by the street furniture. I shall not be sad, if I never go to the town […]

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