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Madelvic Motor Co

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Madelvic Motor Company of West Shore Road, Granton, Edinburgh

Company owned by Edinburgh City astronomer William Peck

1898 Commenced building electric cars

1898-1900. Madelvic produced an 'electric brougham' at their factory in Granton, north of Edinburgh. The vehicle was driven by a three-wheeled front axle unit, comprising motor, batteries and a small central wheel, set behind the axle, which propelled the car. This unit was mounted to the front of a chassis, creating a five wheeled vehicle, but could also be attached to a horse drawn carriage. Peck offered public transport using the car, between Granton and Leith as publicity. A more conventional front wheel drive electric vehicle was also briefly produced.

1899 Madelvic Motor Company spent £33,000 on works at the Port of Granton.[1]

Peck had developed a battery-electric carriage in the form of a traditional brougham but with a small central fifth wheel. Shafts were provided in case horse haulage had to be substituted.

Madelvic used the carriages to provide a public service between Granton and Leith

1900 Company went bankrupt and were taken over by Kingsburgh Motor Co

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Sources of Information

  1. Glasgow Herald, Monday, December 4, 1899