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The Sultan of Turkey is abreast of the latest development of scienoe. He ia not only a patron of electrioity as a motive power, but has directed its application to a vehicle which rftn be propelled on an ordinary road. Messrs Immisoh and Co., of Maiden orescent, Prinoa of Wales roid, N.W-, have built for His Majesty's use a dog oart which is driven by eleatrioity, and yesterday it underwent a trial at the Camden Skating Rink before two gentlemen from the Turkish Embassy and a number of representatives of the Press. The vehicle is m appearance similar to an ordinary four-wheeled dog oart without shafts, the j material of which it ia constructed being I walnut and a light-colored wood, brightly i varnished. The oushions are upholstered m brown cloth, and embroidered with the Turkish Imperial orest. A shaft with a steer* ing handle whioh paßsei upward through the footboard is attached to a , toothed rack aon* neoted with the front wheels, and by this means one of the ooounants of the front seat can steer the vehicle with the greatest faoility* The break is also meohanical, and is actuated by the driver's foot. The motor is pissed underneath the oart, and a band passes from it to the off hind wheel, the other three being as free as man ordinary vehicle. This motor is of Messrs Immisoh and Co.'s one horse power type, ÜBing m this case a current ot twenty ampdres, with an electromotive tone of forty-eight volts. The power is stored m twenty-four small accumulators of special type, plaoed underneath the baok seat, and therefore ont of sight. They contain a flharge sufficient to propel the vehicle for about five hours at a speed of ten miles per hour. When the vehiole is running at this speed the motor mskes 1440 revolutions per minute, I and develops J horse-power. The weight of tbe accumulators is about 7owt, and the weight of the vehicle complete llowti On rough rough roads or steepgradiebti the oar will not show well, but on a smooth path it runs beautifully, and is turned and stopped with great faoility: The electric eonneotiori oan be broken instantaneously by the driverj and tbe brake power soon brings the vehiole] to a standstill. The Sultan,' we understand", is preparing roads m his palaoe grounds for the oart, so that he oan make use of it undefc the best conditions, ft is' only -a toy, of course -a fancy m which Sultans and millionaires may indulge— and the makers &o not entertain the Hope that this will be the forerunner of electrically propelled vehicles m our streets. Tramways.-ebvioojly, stand, m a different category.' '

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THE SULTAN'S ELECTRIC DOG CART., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2001, 30 November 1888

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THE SULTAN'S ELECTRIC DOG CART. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2001, 30 November 1888