1982 Commonwealth Games Electric Van

This is one of two Lucas Bedford electric vans used as service vehicles during the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

They moved people and equipment around QEII Stadium and had support roles during the 30 km road walk event and the men’s marathon.

One van led the marathon runners, carrying the race clock, while the other transported crews and equipment. Having no exhaust emissions and able to run smoothly at a low speed, the electric vans were well suited to their roles.

Developed in the 1800s, electric vehicles were popular until the early twentieth century when they were outperformed and out-priced by petrol engines.

During the 1970s oil crisis, following the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) embargo, a number of countries increased electric vehicle research and development. In Great Britain, Lucas Chloride EV Systems Limited began converting Bedford vans to electric power. The South East Queensland Electricity Board (SEQEB) and several Australian universities developed electric vehicles, but inadequate battery capacity and high servicing costs limited their use until more recent years.

The Lucas Bedford CF electric vans were leased by the Australian Lead Development Association for trials in 1981, and then promoted as part of the Commonwealth Games.


Event Details

28 March 2018 - 30 September 2018
Free with Admission