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Still Motor Co. Ltd., 1899, Electric Van

Historic Land Vehicles

Title

Still Motor Co. Ltd., 1899, Electric Van

Denomination

Date of Issue

June 8, 1996

Year

Quantity

1,000,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Historic Land Vehicles

Series Time Span

1996

Perforation or Dimension

12.5 x 13

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Joseph Gault. Designed by Tiit Telmet.

About Stamp

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.

Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1996, p. 6.

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