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Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies: Electric Vehicles

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1920. Orwell electric vehicle.
1920. Orwell electric vehicle.
1920. Orwell electric vehicle.
1920. Orwell electric vehicle.
1920. Orwell electric vehicle.
1921. Electric run about crane.
1921. Electric Truck and Locomotive.
May 1921. Orwell Electric Lorries and Trucks.
May 1930. Electric Trolley Buses.
1933. Four Wheel Regenerative Trolley bus Chassis.
1933. Electric Trolley Bus.
November 1943.
February 1948.

Note: This is a sub-section of Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies

Ransomes were a pioneer trolleybus maker.

1920 October. Exhibited at the Commercial Motor Exhibition at Olympia with batteries from Batteries Ltd and a 3.5 ton electric tipping wagon and a 2-ton electric chassis. [1]

1921 They built one battery-electric bus. This design was constructed around a lorry chassis and was sold to a colliery in Lancashire for work transport.

1943 Produced a trolleybus.[2]

The Museum of English Rural Life holds 2 trolley bus production lists of Ransomes for the period 1925-1948. It is thought that the rest of the records of the electric vehicle department may have disappeared in the move to Nacton or during the gradual phasing out of electric vehicle production.[3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 22nd October 1920 p400
  2. Automobile Engineer: 1943/11/04‎‎
  3. [1] MERL
  • Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris