Why the Sinclair C5 was a good idea?

Why the Sinclair C5 was a good idea?

Sinclair intended it to prove the viability of electric personal transport; the hope was that, just as Sinclair had found with home computers like the hugely successful ZX81 and ZX Spectrum, an affordable electric vehicle could unleash pent-up demand for a market that did not previously exist.

Do you need a Licence for a Sinclair C5?

Sir Clive Sinclair’s electric trike, a battery-powered machine which can be driven on the roads without a licence, insurance or tax by anyone over 14, arrived on the market yesterday.

What was wrong with the Sinclair C5?

The market was badly defined, there was a lack of both quantitative and qualitative market research, the safety and performance aspects of the vehicle failed to meet the manufacturer′s claims, the advertising messages were confusing, the product and price unsatisfactory and the distribution methods chosen were …

What was the range of a Sinclair C5?

The brainchild of Sir Clive Sinclair, and developed in association with Lotus Engineering, the C5 could be pedalled or powered by an electric motor that gave a range of 24 miles on one battery charge (40 miles with two batteries).

Is a Sinclair C5 road legal?

It’s constructed from a chromoly steel trike chassis inside a monocoque Quantum Foam EPP (expanded polypropylene) body. The road-legal vehicle is equipped with four LED headlights, a single rear LED brake light, and indicator signal lights.

What did Clive Sinclair invent?

Sinclair C5Clive Sinclair / Inventions

Was the Sinclair C5 ahead of its time?

Thirty years ago Merthyr’s Hoover plant found itself the somewhat unlikely target of the paparazzi.

Are Sinclair c5s road legal?

What is the top speed of a Sinclair C5?

15 mph
An electric tricycle, capable of a top speed of 15 mph, has driven into a safety row on its first day on the road. The Sinclair C5 – launched by the computer millionaire, Sir Clive Sinclair – is designed for short journeys around town and can be driven by anyone over the age of 14.

Who invented the Sinclair C5?

Clive SinclairSinclair C5 / Inventor

Who invented the C5?

When was the Sinclair C5 invented?

January 1985
The C5 was launched with great fanfare in January 1985 in London – and the project went downhill from there. Powered by a 12-volt lead acid battery, the C5 had a claimed range of 20 miles – enough to cover many people’s commutes to work – but it could only travel at 15mph.

How do I modify a Sinclair C5?

These modifications are outlined in the Unofficial Sinclair C5 Service Manual. This manual was written by P. Milner and Perran Newman, who worked on the C5 project for Sinclair. Circuit diagrams can be downloaded from c5owners.com. The first of these modifications involves inserting a resistor in-line with pin 3 of the ULA.

Where can I find information about the Sinclair C5 electric vehicle?

C5owners.com is the Number One resource for everything related to the legendary Sinclair C5 electric vehicle. Back in 2014 I designed and printed what was at the time the first 3D printed model of a Sinclair C5.

Why did Sir Clive Sinclair’s C5 fail?

Sir Clive Sinclair – an electronics genius – has developed a number of completely innovative products and made remarkable breakthroughs in technology. He has had great success, but also some disasters, the most notable being the C5 electric vehicle. The reasons for this failure are examined mainly from a marketing perspective.

Can the Sinclair C5 be 3D printed?

Follow the story of the Sinclair C5’s development Every original Sinclair C5 document and quite a few press clippings await you in our unique Time Machine. The only 3D printed C5 components on the web. Sinclair C5 Models created on the 3D printer.

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