Ipswich Transport Museum
Preserving the transport heritage of Ipswich since 1965, and now supported by the Friends of the Ipswich Transport Museum. The Ipswich Transport Museum is a Registered Charity No. 276626 and an Accredited Museum, number RD890.
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Electric Sherpa Van
Electric Sherpa Van
Date:1985
Registration:B974 PDX
Acquired by the Museum:1990
Current State:As acquired
This was one of a small batch of experimental conversions of a Freight Rover Sherpa van to battery electric power, classified as K2-250 electric. The electric parts were manufactured by Lucas Chloride. An unusual feature of the design was the high battery voltage of 230 volts and the specialised battery charging and electrolyte top up accessories. A higher than normal road speed was intended to improve compatibility with other road traffic.

It was delivered new to Ipswich Buses in 1985 and registered B974 PDX. It was used for travel between the depots and central bus station for all manner of tasks. A major failure of the electronic controller occurred in 1989 which caused the vehicle to be withdrawn. It was purchased by the Museum in February 1990 and has since had a new controller fitted.