All-electric vehicles are clearly one of the flavours of 2017, but as DAVID JENKINS reports, they have been around for 110 years and were subject of several experiments from the 1970s onwards

Artist’s impression of Selnec’s Seddon RU-based Silent Rider, complete with a rather optimistic K registration for 1971/72.

It looks as though this may finally be the year of the battery bus. With more than 50 having entered service in the closing months of 2016 and at least 30 others on order at the time, chancellor Philip Hammond’s autumn statement promise of £150million for electric and hydrogen buses will surely add further to their numbers.

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