Witness wrote:Related (or do we have a specific "electric cars" thread?):
We have several electric car/truck/even train threads, but this will do.
Bloomberg wrote:[b]Electric Buses Are Hurting the Oil Industry
For every 1,000 battery-powered buses on the road, about 500 barrels a day of diesel fuel will be displaced from the market, according to BNEF calculations. This year, the volume of fuel buses take off the market may rise 37 percent to 279,000 barrels a day, about as much oil as Greece consumes, according to BNEF.[/url]
Electric buses seem to make sense. In terms of efficiency, they operate in the worst possible conditions. Stop/go/stop/go/stop/go. The downside is A) having to carry the weight of the batteries (several times heavier than the weight of a diesel engine plus fuel) and B) long recharge times. But for a bus, that's okay as long as 1) it has regenerative braking and 2) the batteries last a full working day.
The Long Tailpipe arguments notwithstanding.
OTOH, I don't think the "oil industry" is much concerned.