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A milk float in Liverpool city centre, June 2005
A milk float in Liverpool city centre, June 2005

A milk float is a small battery electric vehicle (BEV), specifically designed for the delivery of fresh milk. They were once common in many European countries, particularly the United Kingdom, and were operated by local dairies. However, in recent years, as the number of supermarkets, small independent grocers and petrol stations stocking fresh milk has increased, most people have switched from regular home delivery to obtaining fresh milk from these other sources. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2016x1512, 779 KB) Milk float - Liverpool - 2005-06-27 By and copyright Tagishsimon, 27th June 2005 File links The following pages link to this file: Milk float User:Tagishsimon/Gallery - 2005 photos 1 ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2016x1512, 779 KB) Milk float - Liverpool - 2005-06-27 By and copyright Tagishsimon, 27th June 2005 File links The following pages link to this file: Milk float User:Tagishsimon/Gallery - 2005 photos 1 ... Liverpool skyline. ... The Toyota RAV4 EV was powered by twenty-four 12 volt batteries, with an operational cost equivalent of over 165 miles per gallon at 2005 US gasoline prices. ... For other uses, see Milk (disambiguation). ... Dairy farm near Oxford, New York A dairy is a facility for the extraction and processing of animal milk (mostly from cows, sometimes from buffalo, sheep or goats) and other farm animals, for human consumption. ... Exterior of a typical British supermarket (a Tesco Extra) Exterior of typical North American supermarket (a Safeway) This Flagship Randalls store in Houston, Texas is an example of an upscale supermarket. ... A grocer is a dealer in staple foodstuffs, such as meats, produce or dairy products, and other household supplies. ... Modern gas station A filling station, gas station or petrol station is a facility that sells fuel for road motor vehicles – usually petrol (US: gas/gasoline), diesel fuel and LPG. The term gas station is mostly particular to the United States of America and Canada, where petrol is known...


Milk floats travel fairly slowly, usually around 10 to 15 miles per hour. Operators often exit their vehicle before they have completely stopped to speed deliveries; milk floats generally have doors that can be left open. They are very quiet, suiting operations in residential areas during the early hours of the morning or during the night.


The leading manufacturers of milk floats in Britain in the twentieth century have included Smith's, Wales & Edwards, Osborne, Harbilt, Brush, Bedford and Leyland. Today, Bluebird Electric Vehicles[1] and Smith's Electric Vehicles[2] remain in the industry.


Horse-drawn milk floats in the late nineteenth century preceded the modern electric version [3]. Today, with rounds expanding in coverage to ensure profitability in the face of falling levels of patronage, the limited range and speed of electric milk floats has resulted in many being replaced by diesel powered converted vans. A van is a vehicle used for transporting goods or groups of people. ...


A collection of milk floats and other BEVs is kept by the Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Trust at their museum. The Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Trust is a charity which runs a transport museum at Chapel Lane, Wythall in Birmingham, England. ...


See also

Electric platform trucks are electric powered trucks with a large flat surface for holding objects to be transported. ... A Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) is an American term for a speed limited battery electric vehicle (usually 25 miles per hour in the U.S.A.) restricted by law to operation on roads with speed limits not exceeding 35 MPH. Often such vehicles are not built from scratch but instead...

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