Charcoal burning Gas Producer Unit, Model C : petrol substitute for vehicles

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number RELAWM32956.001
Collection type Technology
Object type Technology
Physical description Brass, Steel
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1942-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Black, steel, charcoal burning, gas producing, power unit. Manufactured by Electrolux in Melbourne as a petrol substitute for cars up to 30 horsepower (hp). The main components of the unit are a large cylindrical charcoal burner with a circular hinging lid, a generator, and a filtering and cooling system. At the rear of the unit there is a black steel mounting bracket fitted for attachment to a motor vehicle. This particular unit is a heavy duty up-draft type, advertised by Electrolux as the "C" or "Senior" model, which, unlike the smaller "Junior B" model, additionally employs a water system which enriches the gas produced by the unit, while reducing charcoal consumption. Larger models designed for truck use were also made by Electrolux and a number of other local manufacturers.

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