LEGENDARY INVENTOR Sir Clive Sinclair has returned to the technology spotlight with a refreshed and remodelled battery powered electric two-wheeled scooter.
Yes, the C5 of the 1980s could never be considered a success, and yes, green vehicles have moved on a bit since it first appeared, but that hasn't stopped the bearded boffin from tweaking it, updating it, and launching it once again.
The new C5 is called the Sinclair X-1 and details on the supporting website are as light as the vehicle itself. It does tell us that an "average" rider who is happy to pedal as well as cruise on battery juice can travel 10 miles for as little as 10p.
The vehicle has a recommended retail price of about £600 and can be driven by anyone 14 and over, regardless of whether they have a driving license or not. The handlebars, which we are told are covered in suede, are adjustable, while stopping is taken care of with two disc brakes on the front and rear wheels.
The website says that it has a bubble design, but it is perhaps more reminiscent of an eggshell, and given the nature of its use we can see why they would not make that comparison.
The X-1 is powered by just one lithium-polymer battery, but anyone going on a long journey might appreciate the option of buying a backup battery for £50.
The Sinclair X-1 should be released early next year. µ
Pre-orders to begin on 9 September with release to follow on 16 September
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