The electric vehicle has been around for more than a hundred years. Once highly fashionable among American ladies for shopping and social calls, and much used for heavy commercial work, it is now most familiar on the morning milk round, though the milk float today is a threatened species. Nevertheless the simple, silent and easy to drive electric has a perennial attraction, particularly for town work. In this pollution-concious age, the electric car has become prominent once more, though the number available for sale remains restricted. In this book the author explains the basic workings of the battery and electric motor and considers a great variety of vehicles, from the first land speed record cars (maximum speed 39.24 mph) through heavy trucks and fashionable broughams, milk and bread delivery vans to today's electric cars and buses.... the Mark VIII Gasoline Runabout. Electric power was always more suited to commercial work than to the private car. ... The driver sat at least 5 feet ( 1 .5 metres) from the ground, with a vertical steering column. To assist what must have beenanbsp;...
|Publisher||:||Osprey Publishing - 1996|