The EVolution

In British Pathé news archive we found a 1966 film showing trials of a prototype electric Mini and a similar experiment from Ford. More footages of electric car prototypes are available at BRITISH PATHE WEBSITE.

No title. Electric cars - the vehicles of the future? Electric Ford Comuta car being driven out of workshop in Essex. C/U interior of the Comuta showing upholstery. M/S young lady stepping into the driving seat. M/S young lady being shown controls of the Comuta. C/U hand moving small lever on the dashboard.
Bristol, Avon. CU. Hand plugging in a 13 amp. plug into a wall socket and then pushing the switch down. CU. The electric meter. Various shots of a large battery needed in propelling the electric car and also other items on the car.
Unused / unissued footage - dates and locations may be unknown / unclear. Location of events unknown. Shots of the electric car coming towards camera then backing away - it looks like a mini coach. C/U a man's feet on the foot pedals. C/U back view of the driver at steering wheel as we travel along.
Unissued / unused material. Electric car beats the "basic" (petrol rationing?) Hastings, Sussex. Tracking shot of Hastings street taken from front of electric car on the move. Various shots electric car driving along - it is small like a child's car, two men sit inside it.
Hastings, Sussex. An Electric car beats the petrol ban. Various shots of the midget 2 seater electrical car going along a Hastings street. It is powered by batteries. FILM ID:1197.21 A VIDEO FROM BRITISH PATHÉ. EXPLORE OUR ONLINE CHANNEL, BRITISH PATHÉ TV. IT'S FULL OF GREAT DOCUMENTARIES, FASCINATING INTERVIEWS, AND CLASSIC MOVIES.
Reading, Berkshire. A man called Kenneth Smee walks towards a tiny electric car parked in a road. We are told that Kenneth built the car himself. He gets in and drives off. Various travel shots of the car going along the road. Smee pulls up outside his house and reverses into position.