New Stand-drive Electric for Export
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AS a result of a visit to Canada by Mr. N. Hindle, director of Helecs Vehicles, Ltd., a new battery-electric delivery vehicle has been evolved. Known as the Helm Helpmate Can-stand, it is basically a standard Helpmate with minor modifications,. which include left-hand drive and control pedals which allow the vehicle to be driven from a standing position.
The Can-stand will sell in Canada for $2.000, and to begin with sales will be concentrated in Ontario State. Much building-estate development is being carried out in that area, and the new estates will he laid out in a way which demands small and economical delivery vehicles.
By offsetting the driving position it will be possible to incorporate a cupboard for branded goods in the driving compartment, the sale of such commodities being a feature of many milk-round operators. • A pedestal seat is provided, and it is expected that this will be used when the vehicle is driven between the depot and the delivery-round area.
The vehicle, which employs the Elexmatic Pack to reduce • battery size, has a heel-operated speed controller and a conventional brake pedal. This will allow the vehicle to be driven from the off side of the cab if necessary because only one foot is required for full control.
Mr. Hindle told The Commercial Motor that HeIecs Vehicles, Ltd., are considering development of a delivery vehicle with a small internal-combuttion engine.