A New and Larger Wilson Electric
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APOPULAR battery-electric vehicle, specially designed for facilitating delivery work where there are many stops, is the Wilson electric, manufactured by Partridge. Wilson and Co., Ltd., Davenset Works, Evington Valley Road, Leicester. The latest Model M.W. closely reSembles its prototype, but its capacity has been increased from 15 cwt. to 20-25 cwt., this being made possible by certain modifications in design, whilst the price remains the same at £328, inclusive of the automatic Davenset charging rectifier and all accessories.
A special feature of the Wilson electric is the fluid automatic controller. This is a simple device which permits control by one foot through the medium of an accelerator pedal and an adjacent brake pedal, the hands being left entirely free for steering, signalling, etc. To reverse, the small switch on the dashboard is depressed. The complete depression of the accelerator allows a series of relay contacts to close in rotation at a preselected rate, this being governed by a fluid dashpot. Release of the pressure immediately cuts out all power. The Davenset recharger supplied is for normal A.C. mains, and the price is reduced by £10 if the charger is to work from D.C. mains.
Exide Ironclad batteries are employed. These are hung between the chassis members in cradles directly under the body.
The frame is of pressed-steel channel with tubular and channel-section cross members, whilst the transmission from motor to back axle is through a tubular propeller shaft with Hardy Spicer universal joints having needle roller bearings.