High-speed milk float from Harbilt
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• Claimed to operate at a higher speed than comparable competitors' vehicles with a load of 28 milk crates, a new glass-fibre-bodied milk float is announced today by Harbilt Electric Trucks and Vehicles, a division of Harborough Construction Co Ltd, Market Harborough, Leics. It is known as the Dairy-Liner and will be officially launched on the Press day of the Royal International Dairy Show at Olympia on October 27. A level-road speed of 22 mph is obtained in the case of a version equipped with a 36-cell battery, the rated speed of a 24-cell version being 14 mph. Unladen weight of the vehicle is 1.15 tons, while its maximum gross weight is 3.6 tons. It has a range of up to 50 miles.
Overall length is 16ft 2in. and the width is 5ft 8in. The 36-cell machine has a loading height of 2ft 10in., while that of the 24-cell vehicle is 2ft 8in.
Electric equipment includes the company's well-known Rectactor battery economizer which provides a saving in consumption of up to 20 per cent depending on the number of stops and starts. The vehicle is also available with a plain series /resistance control.
The vehicle is said to be ergonomically and anthropometrically designed to provide driver comfort and convenience together with a good vision to within a foot of the front of the vehicle. Forward positioning of the adjustable seat in a semi-back-entry wrap-around cab provides good weather protection in the case of a vehicle without doors, or with the doors open of a vehicle equipped with twin-fold or plastics roller-blind doors, which are optional. A goods storage space is located under the deck at the rear which caters for varied types of load. Front and rear trim panels are of vacuum-moulded plastics material.
One or a number of vehicles can be rented from the company.