Sir Clive Sinclair in his C5. (source: Sinclair C5)
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The Sinclair C5 was a battery electric vehicle invented by Sir Clive Sinclair and launched in the United Kingdom on 10 January 1985.
The C5 took the form of a battery-assisted tricycle steered by handles on either side of the driver's seat. Powered operation was possible making it unnecessary for the driver to pedal. It had a top speed of 15 miles per hour (24 km/h), chosen because vehicles unable to travel faster could be driven without a driving licence in the UK.
Despite being relatively cheap to purchase (it sold for £399 + £29 for delivery), the C5 quickly became an object of popular ridicule, and was a commercial disaster with only around 12,000 being sold.
You can learn more about the C5 in this 4 Volume DVD.
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