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London Electric Omnibus Co

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1899. A View of their Works.
1899. Oil car climbing a one in six slope.
1899. Group of Oil and Electric Cars.

1888 Syndicate formed for testing Radcliffe Ward's system of electric street-traction (the driver steered the vehicle which was powered from accumulators), particularly an electric bus and a van for the Postal Service in London; it was named Ward Electric Car Co[1].

1894 Walter C. Bersey developed the second electric bus and was responsible for the mail van, which covered about 1000 miles in a 6 months trial.

1895 Started to promote the use of electric buses in London

1896 After successful trials, it had been decided to form a Company, the London Electric Omnibus Co, to introduce the system in London and other cities; it was expected to be considerably cheaper than the established system of horse-drawn vehicles based on the accounts of LGOC; public issue of shares.[2].

1896 Dec 20th. First running of omnibuses of the London Electric Omnibus Co.[3]

1897 December. Report of a meeting of shareholders. 125 omnibuses had been promised but not one was running. Mentions William Marshall - late deputy chairman, Edmund Kimber, Flaxman Haydon, J. E. Condict, Colonel Turnbull and a dissented Mr. Ware.[4]

1898 January. Appointment of a Committee of Consultation. Chairman is S. Flood Page.[5]

1899 Designs by Thomas Hugh Parker

1901 January. 4th AGM reported. T. T. Turnbull is MD. Propose reconstruction of the company.[6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Electric Vehicle: Technology and Expectations in the Automobile Age, By Gijs Mom
  2. The Times, May 19, 1896
  3. Automotor Journal 1897/01/18
  4. The Autocar 1897/12/04
  5. The Autocar 1898/01/08
  6. The Autocar 1901/01/05