Sir Clive Sinclair’s C5 Electric Vehicle (e-Bike) Back in a New Enclosed Avatar

Sinclair C5 Electric Vehicle in a new avatar

In the 1980s, Clive Sinclair (now Sir Clive Sinclair) made a name for himself in the consumer electronics market with the Sinclair range of personal computers, among other products. In 1985 he built an electric vehicle called the Sinclair C5, a one-seater “electrically assisted pedal cycle.”

The product was a failure for many reasons: too slow (15 mph), not enough range, rapid running down of the battery and a lack of weatherproofing.

Thirty years later, his nephew, Grant Sinclair, has unveiled a modified version of the Sinclair C5 electric vehicle that attempts to solve these problems, including the one of lack of weatherproofing.

The video below shows the new electric vehicle in action. Can it achieve the success that escaped its predecessor more than three decades ago? Or will it fall by the wayside as yet another failed Sinclair invention?

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