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new battery buses uncomfortable

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

26 March, 2018

Dear Editor:

At the Kilbirnie Festival (11 March) I took the opportunity to test ride in the new battery buses. The ride seemed uncomfortable and I had trouble staying in my seat while cornering. 

My impression was that it is a lighter weight type of bus perhaps with a higher centre of gravity. That could mean more bus leaning on corners though perhaps less stress on tires.  This bus would probably be better as a shuttle bus on short, flat routes rather than the climby, curvy routes we have in Wellington.

I understand Wellington Regional Council has not had the opportunity to observe this bus in use as adopted by other cities, so are they asking Wellington to be a ‘beta’ testing site for the model? I recommend everyone take a ride on one to see what they think.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 29/03/2018

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