ALAN MILLAR has been to Geneva to look at how ABB’s innovative flash charging battery technology has allowed the Swiss city to achieve the performance and availability of trolleybuses in vehicles that require no overhead catenary

The 5min charge in progress at Carouge- Tours terminus. Drivers can take a break outside the bus while this happens.

Switzerland is western Europe’s land of trolleybuses. Twelve systems serve cities and towns in a country where the railways are electrified and four cities have modern tram networks. While that gives it a head start in the current quest for zero emission city transport, it is no reason for it to stick with diesel on the parts of the public transport system that lie beyond the trolleybus wires.


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