History of Eco Friendly, Dual-Powered Public Transportation
The history of eco friendly, dual-powered public transportation began its life with steam power back in 1769. After a century passed, the drive to power anything by electricity was in full force and by 1839, the world’s first electric boat sailed up the Thames River in London. Electric cars saw their debut in 1870 and electric railways in 1879. By rights, the very first electric type carriages were developed by Magnus Volk for the Turkish Sultan in 1889. From that point, the world saw electric submarines and taxis. However, real hybrid vehicles did not arrive until 1899, when Porsche developed the first hybrid type car. Hybrid buses as we know them today would not materialize completely until the 1980s, when the UK began using dual-powered, hybrid mini buses, testing them as a replacement for the aging double-deckers.
One of the first testing grounds was in the city of Exeter in Devon, England, where locals went to and from work and continued their lives day and night thanks to these amazing, speedy and eco friendly mini, hybrid buses.
The technology of the hybrid bus began to take off as the demand to combat global warming began to influence world governments. The standard mini hybrid bus was replaced with more reliable and larger ones, spreading into New York City in the US and Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. Today, the advancements are more about fine-tuning services, building extra long buses and making them more convenient, comfortable and easy to use for everyone, including cyclists, wheelchair users and people with strollers and buggies. However, it is the technology behind these hybrid buses that have made them one of the groundbreaking inventions of the 20th century.
(photo: reproduced with permission, Devon General mini bus, Exeter, UK - copyright 1986)