A concise review of the development of electric road vehicles is presented. The use of electric cars and buses in the UK from 1886 saw battery propulsion gradually replace horse-drawn vehicles for delivery work in towns and suburban areas. These vehicles were introduced to overcome the noise and fumes of petrol-engined vehicles but suffered from lack of durable batteries. Although the raising of speed limits in 1896 gave ic-engined cars an advantage, the development of electric commercial vehicles increased after the first world war. Interest in this form of propulsion was renewed in 1966 when the Electricity Council commissioned a number of companies to investigate the viability of battery-powered vehicles. A description is given of several of these vehicles, mostly conversions of existing cars and vans. These studies proved the future for electric vehicles providing advances were made in battery design to give greater speed and range, as well as offering advantages in air pollution and energy conserving considerations. /TRRL/

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    Battery Road Vehicle Society

    71 Ridgeway
    Sherborne, Dorset,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 29 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00193909
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0 9504881 19
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM