Development of the Battery Vehicle


    IN an article contributed to the Electrical Reviewof February 16, J. H. Cansdale states that during the last six years the number of battery vehicles has been rapidly increasing, and war-time conditions will most probably create a very much greater demand for them. In 1933, the number of battery vehicles registered in Great Britain and Northern Ireland was about 1,400, and it is estimated that the number at the beginning of this present year was about 6,500. Any service with short runs and frequent stops, particularly with loads between five and thirty cwt., is suitable for the battery vehicle. A large proportion of tradesmen's and similar services in towns and suburban districts comes within this category. The great advantages of the electric vehicle in lower running and maintenance costs are now augmented by the absence of restriction on the use of electric power for battery charging, in contrast with the present petrol restrictions.

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    Development of the Battery Vehicle. Nature 145, 457 (1940).

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