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The National Standard Electric Vehicle Makes Its Bow

7th January 1944, Page 24
7th January 1944
Page 24
Page 24, 7th January 1944 — The National Standard Electric Vehicle Makes Its Bow
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LAST week, Lord Leathers, Minister of War Transport, inspected a prototype of the National Standard Electric Vehicle, 'which has been developed, as a result of a recornmendation of the Ministry of Supply, by a committee of

• the leading electric-vehicle designers, working under the xgis of the Electric 'Vehicle Association of Great Britain, Ltd.

• After the demonstration, Lord Leathers received a deputation from ' the Electric Vehicle Association headed by Sir Felix Pole, the president, and including Mr. A. J. Fippard, vice-chairman, Mr. H. G. Wilson, of Partridge, Wilson and Co., Ltd., Leicester (chairman of the N.S.E.V. Committee), Mr. W. M. Good, the Brush Electrical Engineering Co., Ltd., Loughborough, and Mr. Victor W. Dale, secretary-of ' the Electric Vehicle Association. s The deputation outlined the history of the National StandardElectric Vehicle leading up to the production of the prototype which he had inspected, and expressed its confidence in a large potential demand for the standard vehicle in both war and peace..

The N.S.E.V. is a considered attempt to organize the construction of an elecfric vehicle which can be produced by any manufacturer from standard drawings and plans, in a minimum of man-hours. The finished product, regardless of the particular factory in which it is made, will be interchangeable in every part with any other maker's standard vehicle, and will operate without modification.

The N.S.E.V. carries a pay-load of 1 ton, is rated at 8 h.p., and is fitted with a universal body which is quickly adaptable to individual requirements of side or rear loading.. The price, complete with body, but less battery and charger,. is quoted, subject t6 war-time

eMergencies; at £35.• ."'• The battery and' the battery charger need not be purchased outright—they can be hired. The four. sections of the battery are interchangeahle within the vehicle, or with those of another machine. • We learn that thCprototype, on protracted tests, has shown figures of 42 miles per charge, and its" balancing " road speed is 14 m.p.h. Girling brakes with Lockheed action are employed.

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