Details are given of the conversion of a standard mini car to battery power. During the past five years the car has travelled over 50000 km in almost daily service. For a peiod of two weeks it did 110 km per day to and from a place of work (with recharging at work). The car was used regularly for almost 50 km a day in all weather conditions and often after dark. A tubular-plate traction battery was used. It has been shown that when the batteries are regularly cycled to about 75 percent of their rating for six or seven days per week, travel costs less than 1 p per km i.e. overall running costs are reduced by as mush as 75 percent. Details of the mechanical alterations made in the conversion are given together with a note on the power circuit which controls the vehicle. Some of the test results are described with thee aid of graphs showing speed/time and distance/time curves, drag coefficient especially as it applies to transport demand estimation. power/speed curve. (TRRL)

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    IPC Transport Press, Limited

    Dorset House, Stamford Street
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  • Authors:
    • Arundel, J R
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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 19-21
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    • Issue Number: 0
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0013-4384

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  • Accession Number: 00312315
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1980 12:00AM