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February 1937. 4-ton Side Loader.
February 1937. 3-ton Moving Floor Vehicle.
February 1937. Electric Gully-Emptier.

of Lawley Street and Webb Lane, Birmingham, 4. Telephone: Aston Cross 2016/7. Telegraphic Address: "Elecomcar, Birmingham"

1920 Electricars Ltd was set up - producing mainly heavy duty electric road vehicles.

1927 Mr Treece who had been works manager of Electricars Ltd., Landor-Street, Birmingham for the past six years, was appointed general manager.[1]

1927 July. H. R. Simpson was appointed technical sales representative in London and the South of England.[2]

1930s Diversified into doorstep delivery vehicles.

1935 Began building industrial trucks.

1936 Acquired by Associated Electric Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd, subsidiary of Young Accumulator Co[3].

1937 British Industries Fair Advert for Electric Storage Battery Vehicles and Trucks. Manufacturers of all types of Storage-battery Propelled Vehicles for municipal and commercial purposes, from 5 cwts. (254 kilos) to 7 tons (6.35 tonnes). (Electricity: Industrial and Domestic Section - Stand Nos. Cb.911 and Cb.810)

Presumably this led to the Morrison Electricar

1950s The introduction of the more versatile fork-lift truck led to the demise of the platform truck in the early '50s.

Combined with Harbilt Electric Trucks and Vehicles

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1927/05/06
  2. The Engineer 1927/07/29
  3. The Times, 13 November 1936