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Ward Electric Car Co

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1888 Syndicate formed for testing Radcliffe Ward's system of electric street-traction, 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, the London Electric Omnibus Co was formed to introduce the system in London and other cities[2]. Another company, the London Electric Cab Co, was founded to promote the electric cab.

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