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Crompton Leyland

Crompton Electricar, 1972

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Make
Crompton Leyland
Manufacturer
Crompton Leyland Electricars
Location Made
South Wigston
Accession Number
1980-1-90
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
2 x 3.9 hp electric motor
Fuel
Electric
Top Speed
33 mph (53 km/h)
Body Style
City
Price When New
not quoted
Materials
metal, rubber, plastics, glass, textiles
Dimensions
2728mm (l), 1524mm (w), 1387mm (h)
Location
Museum

Based on Mini parts, with styling by Michelotti and electric traction and storage batteries by Crompton, this prototype was first shown at the 1972 Geneva show. It had a maximum speed of 33 mph and a range of 40 miles. With a domestic charger so that the Electricar could be charged at home, 1972 costs were estimated to be less than half a penny a mile.

It was never intended for sale, not being viable on weight, cost, or performance grounds. What it needed were lightweight, high efficiency batteries which at that time had yet to be perfected and as a result and despite its diminutive size, the Electricar is one-third as heavy again as a standard Mini.