Clive Sinclair was an innovative producer of electronic goods and in the
early 1980s he announced a range of electric cars. The first product
was called the C5 and was launched in 1985. In fact it was a battery
powered tricycle, driven by a 12-volt lead acid battery.
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contracted to produce the vehicle, incorporating a plastic body, with
Sinclair providing the design and marketing. Hoover also provided customer
service facilities. The law at that time would have allowed anyone over 14
years of age to drive it, and it required no road tax or M.o.T. A whole
range of accessories were envisaged, including special rainwear and a rear
mounted pole to improve visibility to other road users. The vehicle was
sold through mail order and through outlets such as Eastern Electricity
Board shops. It was priced at £399 plus £29 packing and delivery.
The public were unimpressed and few were sold. Thus the Sinclair range came to
an abrupt halt. Presented to the Museum by Eastern Electricity in 1995.