Recognising that solutions to the problems of operating battery powered electric vehicles can only be found in operational service, a number of converted vehicles have been placed in service with commercial operators by Lucas and Chloride. As the prime cost of such vehicles is likely to be comparatively high, their operating costs must be reduced below that of comparable diesel engined vehicles. Because of the short daily distances run by town-centre buses and taxis, these vehicles have potential for electric operation. Lucas is at present evaluating a battery operated taxi and a bus in commercial service along with a converted post office van. Also of interest is the Chloride conversion of a Chrysler Karrier 35 CWT delivery van, called the Silent Karrier, being operated by NCL. These operational tests are designed to evaluate economy and performance characteristics while more advanced battery-systems are being developed. Although batteries require daily recharging cycles, other maintenance needs of electric vehicles are minimal as well as offering quiet, vibration-free operation. /TRRL/

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    Institution of Mechanical Engineers

    1 Birdcage Walk
    London SW1H 9JJ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Garret, K
  • Publication Date: 1976-8-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 59-60
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    • ISSN: 0307-6490

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00149021
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 17 1977 12:00AM