His name may not have been promoted in the media, but Sir Clive Sinclair has left an indelible mark on the history of mankind. He passed away on September 16, 2021. He was one of the pioneers in computer development. He was the first to reduce the calculator, ie the calculator to pocket dimensions, and he invented one of the first personal computers for wide use, ZX Spectrum.
However, what is less known is that Sir Sinvlair presented the construction of his vehicle 36 years ago, which was far ahead of its time. Only today, when the idea of mobility, primarily electric, became an irreplaceable path to the future of human transportation, it is clear how advanced his electric “C5” was.
It was a three-wheeled vehicle, something between a bicycle, a car and a motorcycle. He had a reclining riding position, he pedaled and the essence of everything was that the electric motor provided assistance in movement, just as is the case with today’s electric bicycles.
Its maximum speed was 24 km / h. The engine was powered by a lead-acid battery and cost the then 399 British pounds. Calculating inflation, in today’s money it would be around 2000 euros. Unfortunately, Sinclair’s C5 did not come to life.
The biggest problem for the drivers was the low position, so that posed a danger to safety. In addition, a network of bicycle paths was not developed at that time, which was another obstacle.
Finally, a press presentation was held in January, in very cold and humid weather, which in no way helped promote the vehicle. Production stopped after only eight months.
Although Sinclair’s C5 was not successful, from today’s perspective it was far ahead of its time.
Source: Auto magazin by www.magazinauto.com.
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