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Bedford

CF Dormobile Lucas electric limousine, 1980

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Make
Bedford
Manufacturer
Bedford Vehicles
Location Made
Luton, London & Birmingham
Accession Number
1981-42-05
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
40 kW electric motor
Fuel
Electric
Top Speed
50 mph (80 km/h)
Body Style
Minibus
Price When New
not quoted
Materials
metal, rubber, plastics, glass, textiles
Dimensions
4409mm (l), 2150mm (w), 1989mm (h)
Location
Collections Centre

This vehicle, based on the Bedford CF van, was an electric 'limousine' built for HRH Prince Philip who had toured the Lucas factory in November 1977 and been shown some examples of electric vehicles. Always taking an interest in new technology, Prince Philip was keen to try out his own model.

With a Lucas 40kW traction motor it could reach 50 mph and had a range of 70 miles. A rack of lead-acid batteries filled almost the entire area under the floor. The six-seater limousine was finished in a special metallic paint and leather interior.

It was ideally suited for driving around London and Buckingham Palace and Windsor, and spent several years in the Royal Mews.

Adopt this car for £50

Adopted by:

Michael Hayter