How Sustainable Transport Lost 100 Years

Yesterday's article on early solar power and the world that might have been were it not for the abundance of fossil fuels was very popular so I thought I would follow it up with a similar article envisaging what form transportation might have taken if gasoline use had not become widespread in the infernal combustion engine (pun intended). The Columbia electric omnibus 1900. Electric mobility was, at the start, on a par with gasoline-fuelled mobility and looked like it would win the battle for hearts and minds. One of the chief pioneers were the Siemens brothers, William and Ernst Werner von Siemens, founders of the great energy company. William first proposed the idea of the electric trolley bus in 1881 as an: "...arrangement by which an ordinary omnibus...would have a suspender thrown at intervals from one side of the street to the other, and two wires hanging from these ...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/32833...

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