Still Motor Co. Ltd., 1899, Electric Van
Date of Issue
June 8, 1996
Historic Land Vehicles
Series Time Span
Perforation or Dimension
12.5 x 13
Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Designed by Joseph Gault. Designed by Tiit Telmet.
Contrary to his name, William J. Still obviously believed in motion. In 1893, realizing that the ideal commercial vehicle should be easy for any driver to handle and repair, he patented a lightweight battery for self-propelled vehicles, then went on to build Canada's first electric car. In 1899, Parker's Dye Works in Toronto purchased a single vehicle powered by a Still motor and battery, and a new age began. The Electric Delivery Van had a standard carriage body fitted with an eight horsepower motor and a battery of 36 cells, carrying a total weight of 209 kilograms. It had a range of 30 miles and a speed of three to 14 miles per hour - incredible for this time.
Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1996, p. 6.
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