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Sinclair C5: The Next Generation

Grant Sinclair, who shares a name and some DNA with his uncle Sir Clive Sinclair, would like to revolutionise cycling in a way that his uncle failed to do so with his C5 back in the 1980s. It's a sort of spiritual successor to the electric tricycle called the Iris eTike Extreme, yours for £3.5k at the end of this year.

The three-wheeled eTrike's 48 volt and 20Ah battery has been combined with a 750 Watt motor, which deliver way more power and oomph than you get from most of today's electric bikes, so, if it gets made and really exists, it should be quite the thrilling commuter pod for the mildly rich.

Its 30mph top speed means it'll need to be taxed and insured like any of the higher spec electric bikes out there today, but the planned 50 mile range and the fact it has a lid so you don't need to get wet and can wear normal trousers really ought to have it become a smash with the commuters of the near future. Although…

…it doesn't look quite as cool when wobbling down a road as it appears in the renders. [Iris eTike Extreme]

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