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From the trolleybus Yahoo! Group:

Wellington new trolleybus debut 20.11.07

Posted by: "Graeme Bennett" wgbtttco@xtra.co.nz oracletttco

Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:46 am (PST)

Today the new buses 331 and 332 together with preserved BUT 119 had

their debut at Karori Sanctuary.

This location is about half Kilometer from the nearest overhead wires

and the new buses drove there under battery power down a mostly one way

road.

Their performance in this mode was excellent, and we were told they

have an off wire range of 5 Kms

Both buses are wrapped in spectacular New Zealand type colour schemes

One being ferns, and the other the colours of the local sea shell

called paua.

I have posted some shots to FILES trolley bus debut.

A further 3 axle trolley is expected tomorrow from the builders and

meanwhile the second Designline trolley bus to be painted yellow, 303

was completed today, and its place in the paint shop has been taken by

301.

wgb

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Some very sad news out of Wellington.... (sounds like a repeat of Edmonton)

http://www.stuff.co....are-coming-down

Very unfortunate, though the Wellington trolleybus system has been on thin ice for years. From reading old usenet posts on Google Groups from the 90s, few expected the system to last into the 2000s. Though it's odd given that the fleet is almost brand new and the overhead was almost totally rebuilt.

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Has the Wrightspeed re-powering project been abandoned? It would set a fabulous lead for the adoption of E-buses. Like trolleybuses, they're completely emission-free but are autonomous like ordinary buses, plus they'll probably have greater range than one that runs entirely off batteries. And the best thing is, they won't have to send any of their buses to the dump. I'd be shocked to see 10-year-old trolleys scrapped in perfectly mint conditions.

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On 2017-6-12 at 10:45 AM, Transit geek said:

It would set a fabulous lead for the adoption of E-buses. Like trolleybuses, they're completely emission-free but are autonomous like ordinary buses, plus they'll probably have greater range than one that runs entirely off batteries.

You contradict yourself- How are they completely emission-free, yet as you said "have greater range than one that runs entirely off batteries"?

The Wrightspeed proposal is to convert them to hybrids. Basically hybrid diesels. Granted, I believe it's more of a micro-turbine than a conventional diesel engine granted.

From Wrightspeeds website:

"The 80kW, fuel agnostic Fulcrum™ Turbine Generator charges on-board batteries, which provide power to turn the wheels and give the buses unlimited range with refueling"

Puullease. A diesel bus has unlimited range with refueling too. And a BYD has unlimited range with recharging. And a trolleybus has unlimited range as long as the wires are energized. 

I for one am skeptical of this Wrightspeed proposal. I just hope that Wellington doesn't rush into this (1 month of testing!?) and purchase basically a prototype fleet. Yes, the hybrid concept is proven but the use of micro-turbines, not so much. Seems a waste to throw away a trolleybus system for that. 

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