At the Ministry of Environment in London, the prototype of an all-electric bus was put through its paces for the British press.
At the Ministry of Environment in London, the prototype of an all-electric bus was put through its paces for the British press. Ordered by the Department of Trade and Industry in the hope that it will help in the battle against exhaust-fume and noise pollution in urban traffic, the bus was designed and built by Crompton Leyland Electrical Ltd. -- a firm jointly-owned by the Hawker Siddeley Group and British Leyland Motor Corporation.
The 26-passenger bus will have a top speed of 25 mph (40 kph) and will have a range of about 35 miles (56 kilometres) per battery charge in city traffic or up to 70 miles (112 kilometres) on longer non-stop drive.
SYNOPSIS: Outside the British Ministry of Environment in London a new vehicle is put through its paces. It is a prototype of an all-electric bus powered by lead- acid traction type rechargeable batteries. These provide the energy to run the bus at a top speed of 25 miles per hour over a range of 35 miles per change in traffic, or up to 70 miles on non-stop runs. Propulsion in by a direct-current motor with 24 horse-power continuous rate, driving through a conventional propeller shaft and differential to the back wheels.
The bus, built by Crompton Leyland Electricars, is one of many projects aimed at combatting exhaust-fume and noise pollution in the cities. A number of them are to be tried out in six key cities throughout Britain, before the Government gives the go-ahead for production to begin. The 26-passenger bus is also to be shown to European electricity supply authorities in Brussels.