• Short Summary

    MINI CARS CONVERTED TO RUN ON ELECTRIC MOTORS POWERED BY BATTERIES INSTEAD OF ON PETROL HAVE BEEN DEMONSTRATED IN LONDON.

  • Description


    CONVERTED MINIS; ELECTRIC MOTOR; SPOKESMAN EXPLAINS MOTOR (SOF); SCAMP ELECTRIC CAR; TRIDENT ELECTRIC CAR.



    TRANSCRIPT: SPOKESMAN: "HERE WE HAVE THE TWO ELECTRIC MOTORS, THREE HORSE POWER EACH, DRIVING THROUGH A TOOTH BELT SYSTEM, STRAIGHT THROUGH WITH NO GEAR BOX TO THE EXISTING HALF-SHAFT OF THE MINI CAR. THE TRANSFORMER FOR CHARGING THE BATTERIES OVERNIGHT IS ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE AND THE REMAINDER OF THE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR THE CAR IS ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE, SO WE HAVE TWO INDEPENDENT DRIVE SYSTEMS TO THE FRONT WHEELS OF THE CAR WITH NO GEAR, CLUTCH, ETCETERA."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: MINI CARS CONVERTED TO RUN ON ELECTRIC MOTORS POWERED BY BATTERIES INSTEAD OF ON PETROL HAVE BEEN DEMONSTRATED IN LONDON.

    THE CONVERSION OF TWO STANDARD MINI CARS WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE BRITISH ELECTRICITY COUNCIL, WORKING WITH A NUMBER OF BRITISH COMPANIES. THERE ARE NO PLANS FOR PUTTING THE FIRST PROTOTYPES INTO SERVICE, OR MARKETING CONVERSION KITS, ALTHOUGH A SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE ELECTRIC MOTORS PERFORMED AS WELL AS PETROL ENGINES OF SIMILAR SIZES.

    THE PROTOTYPES HAVE BEEN PUT THROUGH RIGOROUS TESTS...ONE WAS DRIVEN ROUND A PROVINCIAL TOWN FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. ACCELERATION FROM A STANDSTILL IS CLAIMED TO BE AS GOOD AS THAT OF CONVENTIONAL MINIS. CRUISING SPEED IS ABOUT 45 MILES (73 KILOMETRES) AN HOUR, AND ONE OF THE CARS REACHED A SPEED OF 60 MILES (97 KILOMETRES) AN HOUR.

    A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ELECTRICITY COUNCIL DISCUSSED SOME POINTS ABOUT THE NEW MOTOR....
    BATTERIES WILL HAVE TO BE RECHARGED DURING THE NIGHT BY PLUGGING THEM INTO A MAINS POINT. FULLY CHARGED, THEY WILL GIVE THE CARS A RANGE OF UP TO 60 MILES (97 KILOMETRES). THE ELECTRICITY COUNCIL BELIEVES IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE TO BUILD A LIGHTWEIGHT TWO-SEATER WITH LUGGAGE SPACE FOR ABOUT GBP300 STERLING.

    ONE OF THE PROTOTYPES ALREADY BUILT IS THE SCAMP, SIMILAR TO A PRODUCTION VERSION BEING PREPARED BY A SCOTTISH COMPANY. IT HAS A TOP SPEED OF 35 MILES (56 KILOMETRES) AN HOUR AND THE PRODUCTION MODELS WILL HAVE A RANGE OF UP TO 20 MILES (32 KILOMETRES).

    ANOTHER COMPANY IS DEVELOPING THE TRIDENT, A SINGLE-SEATER, THREE WHEEL VEHICLE THAT CAN REACH A SURPRISING 35 MILES (56 KILOMETRES) AN HOUR AND HAS A RANGE OF ABOUT 40 MILES BEFORE ITS BATTERIES NEED RECHARGING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5H6JR71VH4JCBYIUI0PQ1OJ23
    Media URN:
    VLVA5H6JR71VH4JCBYIUI0PQ1OJ23
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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