At first glance, Peter Dunbar's car looks like an ordinary production model. The big difference?
At first glance, Peter Dunbar's car looks like an ordinary production model. The big difference is under the bonnet. Peter has converted the car to run on electric batteries, and he claims the conversion has saved him a fortune in fuel bills while eliminating the exhaust pollution of an ordinary petrol engine.
Peter is a former electrical engineer who now owns two launderettes at Ealing in West London. He bought his car cheaply after it had been written off. Then he removed the petrol engine and replaced it with six 12-volt lorry batteries linked to a heavy duty electric motor. The result -- eliminating the gears and clutch -- he calls Baby Zeta.
Baby Zeta has a top speed of 40 m.p.h. (64 kms/h). The car costs Peter twopence (two cents) a mile to run -- about one-sixth of his previous fuel bills. The design took him two months to develop, and the cost of experimenting to find the right formula cost about GBP500 sterling (1,200 dollars). Peter says that he has received offers from manufacturers interested in making commercial use of his system, but at present he is not interested in taking the plunge into the motor industry.