2005 Q Electric QEV 70A

(Photos provided by Seller)

Highlights 


• Ex Milk Float
• MOT Exempt
• Tax Exempt
• Solar Panels
• Guinness World Record Holder

The Background


The QEV was born from a collaboration between Bluebird automotive and Q Electric Vehicles. They made a number of electric prototypes and milk float type vehicles including one of the fastest Milk Floats ever recorded, the Electron E150 at a speed 73 mph in 2003.

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The History


This is an extremely rare Q Electric milk float, designed by the Bluebird team, and holder of the Guinness World Record for the longest journey ever made by an electric milk float (officially measured at 1,031 miles).

The current owner is a singer-songwriter, and he bought the milk float in 2015 to do a tour to the Edinburgh Fringe. He was promoting one of his albums, and wanted a quirky, and environmentally-friendly way to do a tour and get some publicity. The milk float was used as an outdoor music stage and tour bus between 2015-2020, travelling around much of the UK in the summer months. 

There isn't a standard milometer. The milk float has a Curtis speedometer, which measures battery hours rather than mileage, and is re-settable, so the mileage of the vehicle is unknown. This, however, does not affect the ability to insure the vehicle, as there is such a low mileage expectancy. The current owner has travelled approximately 4,000 miles since 2015.

In 2015 – The Milk float was used for the ‘Floating to the Fringe Tour’: From Norfolk to the Edinburgh Fringe and back, performing music as far north as the Outer Hebrides, and a 2 – week run of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Guinness World Record for the longest journey by milk float. Live Send-off by BBC Radio Norfolk, appearances on all the regional BBC Radio Stations on the tour route.

In 2017 – ‘Bluebells Busking Bonanza’: This time a tour from Norfolk to Land’s End, raising money at gigs for Cancer Research.

In 2020 -21 – ‘Dial-a-Song’: after having to cancel a European Tour due to the Covid Pandemic, the owner raised money for a local food bank, giving socially-distanced music performances outside care homes, and at different street locations for the ‘Carer’s Clap’ on Thursday nights during the lockdowns.

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The Paperwork


There is very little documentation present for the vehicle, apart from the V5. It has been regularly serviced by CBL Electric Vehicles in Bampton, Oxfordshire, who the milk float was acquired from, and who fitted the batteries in 2017. CBL would be able to confirm that they carried out the services / fitting of batteries if the new buyer wanted to make their own enquiries.

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The Interior


The interior is more comfortable than conventional milk floats (which often come fitted with hard wooden seats). The front seats both have armrests and there is plenty of room.

In the rear there are wooden panels that lift up to reveal the batteries and the flat surface is ideal as platform for carrying goods.

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The Exterior 


The exterior of this milk float is ideal for business advertising and is quirky enough to draw the eye. There are a few bumps and scrapes around the vehicle which could benefit from a touch up.

"Bluebell’ the milk float has been converted with the addition of an enclosed rear, including fitted windows and catering hatch, making it ideally suited for business use, or as a quirky camper. With an overall length of just under 5 metres, the vehicle is longer and faster than most milk floats, travelling at an average speed of 18-19 mph on a flat surface, and with a range of around 40 miles on a single charge

The wheels and tyres are in good condition.

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The Mechanics 


Fully serviced in August 2021, new batteries were fitted in 2017.

2 x Zivan hi-frequency chargers have been fitted in the main cab, which allow the batteries to charge from a normal wall socket or camp. In addition to this the motor has been re-built, and a new controller and foot-pedal fitted, which means the main working parts are all as new.

As well as being environmentally friendly, Bluebell is economical to run, with no road tax to pay, no MOT required, and can be driven with a standard driving licence. 

Also fitted are 2 x 175 Watt solar panels, on a custom-built frame that allows them to rest above the roof, giving the panels ventilation and preventing cracking of the roof. The solar panels are wired into 2 x 110 Ah quality leisure batteries via an MPPT controller, supplying an 800 Watt inverter for 240V power, and includes a hard-wired cable that connects to a 24V battery charger for topping up.

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The Appeal


To see the true potential in this vehicle you have think outside the box and think less daily driver and more quirky camper or promotional tool. It’s a quirky fun vehicle which is largely a blank canvas for advertising and load carrying (within reason) and to top it off it's a Guinness World Record holder !

Its got to be the most fun you can have at 18mph!

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2005
  • Make NONE
  • Model Q Electric Milk Float
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 0
  • Engine size
  • Location Norfolk
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
18 bids
  • richard•••• £11,750 30/11/21
  • richard•••• £10,500 30/11/21
  • young.j•••• £10,000 30/11/21
  • murray.•••• £9,200 30/11/21
  • elf63 £9,100 30/11/21
  • murray.•••• £9,000 30/11/21
  • elf63 £8,700 30/11/21
  • murray.•••• £8,600 30/11/21
  • richard•••• £8,250 30/11/21
  • murray.•••• £8,000 30/11/21

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