Victor Electrics for 1935
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THREE forward-control models comprise the range of new batteryelectric vehicles being produced for 1935 by Victor Electrics, Ltd., Burscough Bridge, Ormskirk, Lancs.
A feature, which is a decided asset where frequent calls have to be made, is the clear entrance to the cab that is afforded by placing the triggeroperated, contactor-type controller on the right side of the driver and the steering handle on his left. The steering mechanism, incidentally, is low geared and extremely easy in operation. In every case the chassis is built up of channel-steel members and is equipped with a Victor motor, without reduction gear, that drives, through a shaft incorporating Spicer needle-roller universal joints, a lowgeared bevel on the rear axle.
All batteries are of the 30-cell type and quickly detachable, whilst, at an extra cost of £5 for bodywork modifications and an increased battery-hire charge, it is possible for the normal operating radius to he doubled so that comparatively lengthy journeys may be undertaken. Independent front springing is standard, as are Bendix four-wheel brakes, for foot or hand operation, these being electrically connected so that the driver cannot turn on the power unless the hand brake is off.
With each of the three models the c42 buyer has the option of choosing a vehicle designed for heavy loads and low speed, or lighter loads and higher speeds. Thus, there is the model BIO (£10 tax), which, in its first form, is a 15-cwt. vehicle for speeds up to 10 in,p.h.; it costs £164. An alternative accumulator with a 21-mile range costs £21. This model has two forward and two reverse speeds.
Then comes a 10-cwt. model, with three forward and three reverse speeds, capable of road speeds up to 15 m.p.h., which is priced at £175 with a battery having a 20-mile range, or at £180 with a 33-mile-range battery. A 6-cwt. model (with four forward and three reverse speeds) for road speeds up to 20 m.p.h. is priced at £196 with a 30-mile range, or £201 with a 40mile range. In estimating the possibilities it should, however, be noted that the distance per charge is taken over a 10-hour day with 100 stops, starting with a full load and returning unladen. Variations from these conditions will naturally affect the performance. Hilly districts necessitate speed and distance being reduced by approximately a tenth and, in such instances, the requisite chassis modifications cost £10.
The van bodies for the B10 chassis offer the excellent loading capacity of 135 cubic ft. The length behind the driver is 7 ft. 4 ins.; the width, 4 ft.
9 ins., and the overall height 6 ft. ins. The wheelbase measures 6 ft., and the track 4 ft. 6 ins., whilst the turning circle measures only 24 ft. in diameter.
In everything but size and power the larger vehicles are similar. Model B20 (tax £15) is available for payloads of 25 cwt., 20 cwt. or 15 cwt.; the prices being £210, £226 and £259 respectively. Its wheelbase is 6 ft.
6 ins., and the turning circle 27 ft. In the case of the van, body dimensions are 8 ft. 3 ins. long (behind the driver's scat), 5 ft. 3 ins, wide, and 7 ft. 6 ins. high. The estimated weekly cost for current, at 22 miles per day, is £1 16s. 7d.
The prices of the B30 model (tax £20) for pay-loads of 2 tons, 30 cwt. and 1 ton are £271, £289 and £321 respectively. As in the case of the smallest model, the speeds and ranges, of operation increase as the load capacities are reduced. For the B20 models and 1330 models the figures are 10 m.p.h. and 16 miles, 15 m.p.h. and 20miles, and 20 m.p.h. and 30 miles. The B30 has a 250-cubic-ft. body, 9 ft. 3 ins. long, 5 ft. 3 ins, wide, and 7 ft.
6 ins. high. For the 2-tonner the weekly running cost is estimated at £2 6s_ 6d. for 20 miles per day. We understand that Victor Electrics will, in future, be sold through trade channels.