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Crompton Morrison Electricar CWO516K
We have delved into the 35mm colour slide scans for this week's image which is courtesy of Dave Buley. Back in the summer of 1972 he was working on a project for the Transport and Road Research Laboratories at Bracknell. The research involved noise comparison tests on the six Mercedes 406D thirteen seat minibuses being used experimentally on a Car Park Shuttle Service and the Crompton Morrison Electricar. Bit of a no-brainer that one! The 21 seat Electricar was based on a modified Leyland FG900 truck chassis. The Morrison company started in making bikes and motorbikes back in the 1890s, building its first electric vehicle - a bread delivery van - in 1933 leading what it is best known for: making milk floats. Car manufacturer Austin bought a 50% share in the company in 1948 which morphed into Crompton Leyland Electricars under British Leyland - hence the use of the FG900 chassis - who disposed of the division to Hawker Siddeley who sold it on again ten years later to M&M Electric Vehicles. The body of the bus, CWO516K, was built by Willowbrook and it is badged for the Department of Trade and Industry. The pioneering electric bus, a long way from a BYD/Alexander Dennis 200EV fifty years later, was demonstrated extensively around the country, even donning South Yorkshire PTE livery at one point.
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