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Bersey Carriage

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1896. The Bersey Electrical Autocar.

See Walter Charles Bersey


The electrical carriage which is here illustrated is operated on the Bersey system. and the rights in it are held by the Universal Electric Carriage Syndicate (Limited). 39 Victoria Street, Westminster.

The accumulators are of special patented design and suited to the variations of discharge which are at times necessary. Instead of using an ordinary fluid electrolyte, a special ‘afluidic’ or dry material is used, thus practically converting the cell into a dry battery. The many advantages of this are obvious, among others being the impossibility of spilling, splashing and spraying of acid in the carriage. The strength is regulated by a single driving switch, giving, any degree of speed required and also causing the vehicle to run either forward orbackward.

Re-charging can be readily effected, as the accumulators are carried in a tray, which slides into a well in the vehicle. A fresh set can be substituted for a discharged one in two minutes.

These carriages are lighted by electric lamps, supplied from the same accumulators working the vehicle. Au average run for a carriage is about 35 miles at about eight miles per hour without taking in a fresh supply of storage batteries.

Two motors are used in each vehicle, connected through a special two-speed gear to each of the carriage wheels. The speeds may be readily altered by the driver. The whole of the motors and gear and also the carriage wheels are run on special ball bearings. The steering is very easy and can be readily acquired with a very small amount of practice.

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Sources of Information

  1. Automotor Journel 1896/11