Sinclaire c5?

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Sinclaire c5?

Post by niwrad » Jun 29 2019 9:22pm

Was randmomly browsing trivia and found that this made back 40 or so years ago. Isn't this a product ahead of its time?
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Re: Sinclaire c5?

Post by amberwolf » Jun 29 2019 11:00pm

Not really...just that in general people prefer big heavy gasoline-powered vehicles, because that's what they're used to having.

EVs have been around for over a hundred years...probably closer to 150 by now.

Check out the Horses of Iron thread, and other similar threads.

Also, there's a few posts about the Sinclair C5 (and subsequent versions and takeoffs), in this list:

search.php?st=0&sk=t&sd=d&sr=posts&keyw ... &start=150

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Re: Sinclaire c5?

Post by niwrad » Jun 29 2019 11:13pm

oh shoot i spelled it wrong, thanks for the spelling correction !
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Re: Sinclaire c5?

Post by stan.distortion » Jun 30 2019 5:01am

amberwolf wrote:
Jun 29 2019 11:00pm
Not really...just that in general people prefer big heavy gasoline-powered vehicles, because that's what they're used to having.

EVs have been around for over a hundred years...probably closer to 150 by now.

Check out the Horses of Iron thread, and other similar threads.

Also, there's a few posts about the Sinclair C5 (and subsequent versions and takeoffs), in this list:

search.php?st=0&sk=t&sd=d&sr=posts&keyw ... &start=150
Just did a search for "Horses of Iron" and nothing came up, any chance of a link? Very interested in early EV tech.

The C5 was a great example of what happens when good ideas meet the real world. It had its shortcomings but could have fulfilled the needs of countless urban commuters and with a few generations of development could have changed the face of motoring. Unfortunately that's not how the real world works, it's quite amazing how resistant we are to change and that has lead to the failure of countless innovations. The C5 wasn't really "new technology" but it was certainly an unfamiliar concept and things like that almost always take at least 10 to 15 years between introduction and acceptance.

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Re: Sinclaire c5?

Post by amberwolf » Jun 30 2019 9:23pm

Wierd, the forum search now appears to have a bug, where if you use a word that's too common, or too short, it doesnt' just ignore it (like it used to), or give a specific error about that term, it just fails to return any results at all. :roll:

Leaving "of" out:
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Re: Sinclaire c5?

Post by stan.distortion » Jul 01 2019 5:42am

amberwolf wrote:
Jun 30 2019 9:23pm
Wierd, the forum search now appears to have a bug, where if you use a word that's too common, or too short, it doesnt' just ignore it (like it used to), or give a specific error about that term, it just fails to return any results at all. :roll:

Leaving "of" out:
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That is strange. Cheers for finding it, will have a read through later :)

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Re: Sinclaire c5?

Post by Hillhater » Jul 01 2019 7:13am

if you Google “Sir Clive Sinclair” , you will fing an interesting mind at work.
He produced the first affordable pocket calculator, the Cambridge (1972) , one of the first “Ebike” conversion kits ( the “ZERO friction belt drive, 1982), one of the first home game computers ( the ZX80, 1980), as well as the C5 and numerous other “firsts” in the electrical field.
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Re: Sinclaire c5?

Post by markz » Jul 04 2019 8:23pm

1900's EV's were gaining popularity, even the NYC taxi cabs were converted, then Henry Ford came along and EV's went away.

Learnt from Jay Leno
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Re: Sinclaire c5?

Post by Hillhater » Jul 04 2019 8:49pm

1900s NY cabs, the C5, GMs EV1 , and all current EVs ...are limited by a common issue....Battery technology !
..too heavy, too bulky, too expensive.
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