This image shows a French electric trolleybus operated using a system patented by L.Lombard-Gerin in Lyon in 1900. In England, that same year, the London Electrical Cab Company ceased trading. Formed in 1897 by Club founder member, Walter Bersey, the London Electric Cab Company ran 75 vehicles on London Streets.
Using Lundell type motors, they had a horsepower of 3.5 and took 12 hours to charge at the firm’s headquarters in Lambeth. Initially, the electric cabs were well received by the public, but Londoners soon began to complain about vibrating seats and the battery packs flying along the floor of the carriages. With a range of 30 miles per battery charge, drivers sometimes refused to take passengers further afield, if they thought that they would not be able to find a charging station.
Early electric vehicles were suited to commercial purposes covering short distances at lower speed.