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BMA Hazelcar

Overview

Electric cars never made much mark in Britain, unlike France and Germany where the idea gained ground in the petrol-starved era around the war. The BMA Hazelcar was a rare exception. Named after R.E. Hazeldine of Hazeldine Motors, it had a very compact 2-seater open aluminium body. Power came from a specially designed 1 ½ or 2hp electric motor and nine 6v batteries with a double reduction duplex chain drive via a 4-speed gearbox and switch-operated reverse. Speeds up to 20mph (32km/h) and a range of up to 60 miles (96km) were quoted but, at £535, it was too expensive to have any impact. A van version was also offered, but only six electric Hazelcars were ever built, plus a final one fitted with a Ford Eight engine.

Models produced by BMA Hazelcar

1952-1957

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