The City of Edinburgh Council replied to a Freedom of Information request regarding the amount of electricity used by a tram. The request was not from us but the reply below from June 2014 is of interest.
EDIR 3420 Tram Electricity Usage.
How much electricity does one of your trams use per year and how much does it cost to run one please?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with the information requested as it is not held by the Council.
Trams in Edinburgh resumed a public service on 31 May 2014 after a break in service since 1956. There is therefore no recorded information available as to how much electricity one tram has used in a year, and what the annual running costs are for one tram vehicle.
If you look at the web-site http://www.edinburghtrams.info/the_trams you will see that 27 trams have been purchased for the new service and that each tram has three motorised bogies with each of these bogies having four 80kW motors, or 960kW available power per tram vehicle.
In a report to the City Council on 22 August 2013 titled ‘Edinburgh Tram – Preparing for operations’ extracts from a Financial Plan were provided which show forecast electricity costs for the tram operations of £1,164,000 in the first year of operation with overall forecast tram operating costs of £9,306,000 in that first year.
Further details about those forecast costs may be found in that report accessed via the Council papers-on-line facility at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/cpol/
If you do not have access to the Internet at home, you may be able to use facilities at your local public library.
Request no. 3420. Received: 30/04/2014, Resolved: 06/06/2014
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