A Lucas Electric Vehicle Service Unit, the first purpose-built garage in Europe and, possibly, the world for the servicing of new generation, high performance electric vehicles, is in operation in Acton, West London. The unit is divided into two sections, one being a vehicle servicing area capable of handling testing and monitoring requirements. The floor is coated with an acid-resistant epoxy finish. Glazed partitions separate the battery area from the workshop area so that it is possible to keep in view from all directions at all times mechanics working on high-voltage battery packs. The water sprinkler system has been removed and replaced by smoke/heat detectors and carbon dioxide hose reels have been installed in the roof, complete with fire dampers. The building has been completely rewired to provide the power necessary for the maintenance and charging operations. There are five test stands in the battery section, each constructed to contain a complete vehicle battery pack, which comprises 36 6-volt lead-acid units. Each test stand is hooded to ensure adequate ventilation and minimize the likelihood of gas concentration. A plan view of the layout is given.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Allens (Clerkenwell), Limited

    39 High Street
    Wheathampstead, Herts AL4 8DG,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

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  • Accession Number: 00183816
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM