Chloride Motive Power has supplied the batteries for a bizarre world record attempt – to power the world's fastest milk float. Kevin Bourne, the owner of 'Electric Blue' will endeavour to break the current world record of 71.4mph by almost 10mph at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in winter.
The milk float has been specially adapted to help it reach top speeds, since retiring from its milk-round five years ago. It has now been customised with an extra motor, lowered suspension, safety seat and fitted with a detachable roof 'fin' to become more streamlined and reduce turbulence.
Electric Blue will be powered by conventional Classic lead-acid batteries supplied by CMP. Paul Smith, CMP's UK Commercial Director comments, 'Chloride Motive Power is delighted to supply batteries to such a unique world record attempt. Electric power is increasingly becoming a viable source of energy for a range of vehicles as it is significantly cleaner and 'greener' than many alternatives. We wish Kevin every success when he attempts to beat the world record later in the year'.
Electric Blue was displayed at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry for Transport Weekend at the beginning of August, along with Helen Loney's new electric powered hydroplane – also powered by CMP Batteries. Helen plans to break her own world electric boat speed record on Coniston Water in November – a record she set two years ago in a CMP battery powered boat