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electrics Miss the Market
rONSIDERING that there are five times as many battery-electric vehicles on the road as there were before the war, their representation at the International Bakers' and Confectioners' Exhibition, at 'Olympia, this week, was disappointing, writes L, Cotton.
Few bakers missed visiting their own Exhibition, which attracted many entrants from abroad, and the electric vehicles which were on view Were given a prominent position in the Empire Hall. The Exhibition closed last nigh. Standard models were mostly displayed, two of the attractions being a' new N.C.B. baker's mobile shop and a Morrison Electricar mobile confectionery shop, Low Cost
The N.C.B. at £1,100 complete with battery and charger, is attractive, particularly having regard to its large capacity, originality and smart appearance. As an "inside-service" model, it is not subject to purchase tax, so that its price is within £15 of that of the standard van and its capacity is greater than that of the 1-tonner. The body, built by Smith's Electric .Vehicles, Ltd.; is based on the 1-ton chassis, and is sufficiently high to enable a man to stand erect.
Over 800 large loaves can be carried on racks provided on one We of the body, a 2-ft.!-wide -door being. fitted on that side at the rear for ease of loading. On the opposite side of the gangway there are cake and confectionery stands from floor to roof level with special display racks at window and waist level. Measured in terms of bread and confectionery, the N.C.B. carries sufficient of each for the heaviest retail round.
As shown, the mobile bakery shop was equipped with wash basin and overhead tank, Ventaxia fan and three roof lights. During the day, interior lighting would not be required, because there is extensive glazing in the near-side and rear body panels and a glazed section in the roof.
The mobile confectionery and ice
cream shop built on a Morrison-Electricar chassis by Transport Electries, Ltd., Bristol, is also of inside-service type, but the large windows at the side. when not employed for the display of wares, can be opened for use as service hatches. This body contains an ice-cream conservator with refrigerator operated' from
the traction battery, which is art oversize unit of 243 amp.--hrs. capacity.
The position of the driving control's has been slightly modified to permit the door at the front to be swung back towards the driving position, thus improving ease of entry and increasing carrying space. This model was illustrated in " The Commercial Motor" on July 27, 1951.
Outside Charging Socket'
The standard electrical system has been modified and the charger socket is on the Outside of the body, so that both doors of the body can be locked and the vehicle used as a store during over-night charging.
The vehicle has washing facilities, water being forced up to a roof tank by a foot pump and heated by a geyser.
A Morrison-Etectricar ' 10-cwt. van formed the second vehicle exhibit on this stand.
Standard delivery vans were also displayed by Partridge Wilson, Ltd.. and the Lancaster Electrical Co. The Partridge Wilson exhibits included 15-cwt, and 25-cwt: models, ' both employing standard chassis. The 15-cwt. model, for the Uganda Electricity Board, is being exported as a demonstration model for the retail delivery of bread and kindred products.