Tomlinson Builds FourWheeled Electric Van
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ANEW four-wheeled battery-electric chassis with a dairy float body is being exhibited by Tomlinson Electric Vehicles, Ltd.,Cheltenham Road,Whitney, at the Dairy Show, Olympia: Designed for an operational range beyond the Scope of pedestrian-controlled models, it is equipped with a cab and has Burman steering gear. A range -of bodies for retail delivery and industrial use is available, all being jig-built and in:erchangeable.
The Tomlinson Goliath, which is the title given to the new chassis, has a 2.1 h.p. motor which drives through a differential gear to the overhead worm gear of the rear axle. The two front wheels, are attached to a short axle with a I-ft. 4-in, track and afford a turning circle of 25 ft. The wheelbase is 4 ft. 4 ins. Small wheels with 16-in, by 4-in. pneumatic tyres provide a low loading height, and the overall .height-of the van
body is 5 ft. 4i ins. .
The electrical equipment includes a 15-cell 184 amp.-hr. battery and threestage controller unit operated by pedal. A make-or-break switch, actuated by pressure on the driving seat, is employed as a safeguard against unauthorized driving.
As a dairy float, the Goliath has a capacity for 90 gallons of, milk and approximately. 600 loaves can be carried on the bakery van. This model has a maximum speed of 8-10 m.p.h. and a range of 15-25 miles per charge.
I.R.T.E. FIXTURES FOR NEXT MONTH
MOVEMBER meetings of the 1.1 branches of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers are as follows:— November 17, Scottish centre, lecture on fuel injection by H. G. Dunn, North British Hotel, Edinburgh, 7.30 p.m.; London, lecture on aluminium in bodywork by T, G. Griffiths, Royal Society of Arts, 6.30 p.m.; North-east centre, lecture on pneumatic bi-akes by I. G. Moore, Hotel Metropole, Leeds, 7 p.m.
November 22, North-west centre. lecture on the gas turbine for road vehicles by J. Hodge, County Hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 7 p.m.
November 23, North-east centre, lecture on aluminium in bodywork by T. G. Griffiths, Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, 7 p m.
November 25, North-east centre, annual dinner, Guildford Hotel, Leeds, 7.30 p.m.; Midland centre, lecture on aluminium in bodywork by T. G. Griffiths, Crown Inn, Birmingham, 7 p.m.
RETREADS SAVE IMPORTS
A SAVING of 19,052 tons of raw r3.. material, of which 18,131 tons would have had to be imported, was made in 1948, as the result of the production of 1,390,791 retreaded tyres. This information was given by the president of the Retread Manufacturers' Association, Comd. J. H. F. Kent, at a meeting in London on Monday.
He said that members of the Association could increase output by 50 per cent. He also pointed out that the cost of a retreaded tyre was roughly halfthat of an equivalent new one.