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A Trip On An Electric Double Deck Bus On Route 212 Between Chingford And St. James Street Stations

I took these pictures on the route between Chingford and St. James Street stations.

Note.

  • The bus is an Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 EV, which is built on on BYD Auto‘s K10 chassis, powertrain and batteries.
  • Wikipedia quotes a performance of 303 km service range from a 320kWh lithium iron phosphate battery and two 150 kW motors.
  • This range would be comparable with a diesel bus, that typically does 200 miles per day.
  • It certainly handled the route from Chingford well. But then it was very much downhill, so it got help from Newton’s friend.
  • I rode on the top deck up the front and the ride was as I’d expect from a quality busin the UK.

As there wasn’t any sign of charging equipment at either end of the route, I suspect that the route is well-suited for the buses.

I know someone, who used to manage this route and they called it a basket case.

I can certainly understand that.

  • The route is narrow in places with cars parked on both sides of the road. This must delay services.
  • I was lucky with the level crossing at Highams Park station, but at busy times it could be a nightmare.

Will the new Class 710 trains on the parallel Chingford Branch Line improve matters, by attracting passengers away from their cars in the area and the buses?

There has also been talk of a new station at Chingford Hatch, which could also be served by the 212 bus.

May 4, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | 2 Comments

Australia’s First Net-Zero Hybrid Power Station Gets The Green Light

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Australian Broadcasting Company.

This is the first paragraph.

Australia’s first power plant — capable of running on both hydrogen and natural gas — will be built in NSW, following an agreement between the private sector and both state and federal governments.

The article also makes these key points.

  • The gas power plant could begin using green hydrogen as early as 2025.
  • EnergyAustralia plans to buy 200,000kg of green hydrogen a year — equivalent to five per cent of the plant’s fuel use.
  • The Illawarra project is expected to deliver a $300-million boost to the economy and support about 250 jobs during construction.

But it doesn’t say, where the green hydrogen is coming from.

Is it going to be produced by solar power in Australia’s hot interior or is it going to be imported by ship at the hydrogen hub at Port Kembla?

May 4, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , | Leave a comment