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THE TRADITIONAL uses of electric vehicles are going from strength to strength according to John Wedgwood, president of the Electric Vehicle Association.
Speaking at the opening of "Drive Electric London", sponsored jointly by the EVA and London Electricity Board, Mr Wedgwood said that he was pleased with the present electric vehicle situation, particularly with regard to Government encouragement in terms of subsidy and lack of vehicle excise duty.
He emphasised that the UK had the first production line of high-performance electricpowered lorries (Karrier) in the world with two more manufacturers (Leyland and Bedford) all set to follow.
Mr Wedgwood said that the electric vehicle industry must be ready to meet the demand when oil runs low.
He stressed that the electric vehicle is becoming even more competitive on fuel costs as this year there has been an increase in petrol but not electricity.
The advantage of electric power in terms of emissions was emphasised by Mr Wedgwood particularly with regard to lead.
MAN-VW is supplying a Libyan oil-service company with an MAN 32.2400HA 6x6 5.02m (16.47ft) wheelbase chassis fitted with a Glover 21cu m (27.5cy yd) type 202 refuse body.
The vehicle is fitted with Bridgestone 14.00 R20 sand tyres and is powered by MAN's standard D2566 M six cylinder in-line diesel engine.