History 1950 to 1990

The story of Britain's battery-electric commercial vehicles

August 8, 2021

The 1950s

Let’s start our look at the 1950s with another glance at the registration figures for Great Britain.  In August 1951 there were 900,800 goods vehicles licensed, […]
August 8, 2021

The 1960s

Farewell to the battery bin wagon The 1960s pretty well saw the end of battery-electric refuse collection.  The last of the exotic Glasgow GTZ’s went in […]
August 8, 2021

The 1970s

The oil crisis puts electrics in the spotlight Increasing concern over the prospect of the world’s supply of oil running out within a generation prompted a […]
August 8, 2021

The 1980s

Established manufacturers play it safe At the start of the 1980s the three long-established manufacturers, Crompton Electricars, Smiths and W&E Vehicles, were collectively building between 1,200 […]