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Promoting quiet, clean urban transport using Overhead Electric, Zero Emission trolleybuses -
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The Electric Tbus Group was formed in May 2000 by a number of concerned individuals to promote the re-introduction electric trolley vehicles in the capital of the United Kingdom as a way of bring about a quieter, cleaner, more environmentally benign way of traveling within the metropolis.

Irvine Bell
Andrew Braddock
David Bradley
Kevin Brown
Ashley Bruce
Malcolm Crofts
Lars Freund
Peter Golds
Bruce Lake
Gordon Mackley
Palle Nilsson
Tim Runnacles
Simon Smiler
Bryan Stead
David Sterratt
Gary Stevenson
Colin Vaughan
Chris Veasey
Dave Wilsher
Martin Wright

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The advantages of electric trolleybuses are - 

To the passenger -
Zero pollution emissions in the streets
Lowest possible noise levels
Powerful but smooth acceleration and braking
Sense of permanence of service
Best ride quality

To the public generally -
Lowest possible emissions into the environment as a whole
Lowest possible consumption of non renewable resources
Lowest possible release of greenhouse gases like CO2

To the operator -
High mechanical reliability and efficiency
Long service life
No idling motor losses
Greater acceleration and hill climbing performance
Lower power costs
Lower maintenance costs

Public advantages relate to the greater efficiency at centralised power stations rather than power plants 'on-board' individual vehicles. The promise of 'Green' electricity, power from environmentally sound sources, considerably adds to the advantages.

The advantages of overhead electric vehicles are - 
Without any available practical battery or fuel cell technology, the only realistic way to use electricity in transport is to transmit power via overhead conductors. But where rail and tramway systems have considerable infrastructure costs, electric trolley vehicles have costs approaching one tenth of light rail systems and only a fifth greater than diesel buses. Installation is less disruptive and with 'environmental total costing', trolleybuses are the cheapest option.

Considerable advances in trolleybus technology, such as much less obtrusive overhead, ac traction equipment and solid state sub-stations further enhance an already reliable system. Where tested (Vancouver), passengers prefer to ride on trolleybuses and there is evidence (San Francisco, Seattle) of 10-15% increases in usage where trolleybuses have been installed.

When the decision makers understand how enticing and cost-effective state-of-the-art electric trolleybuses can be and how to best implement them, they will be more inclined to push forward with road priority and traffic reduction schemes with these new forms of non-polluting urban transport. We are generating a vision for the planners and politicians to move towards.

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