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Re: [EVDL] SINCLAIR C5 C-5 ELECTRIC VEHICLE

I looked into one of these almost 20 years ago. I don't think what I larned
then has changed much since - these are real "cuties" but they can be
terribly fragile and troublesome little EVs. They're sort of Mini-EL
wannabes that didn't make the grade (though I think they actually predate
the Mini-EL and are even smaller).

Frankly, they're little more than toys. But if you want it just to tinker
with and not as a practical daily driver, it might be fun.

Others may disagree : perhaps I'm too practical, but I wouldn't pay much
more than the opening bid for it.

However, given the current mania for used EVs, I wouldn't be surprised if it
gets close to a grand before it's done. If you really want it, keep track
of the winner and offer him a couple hundred bucks in a year or two. ;-)

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Re: [EVDL] SINCLAIR C5 C-5 ELECTRIC VEHICLE

I own one of these. They are NOT a car, they are an electric bike. If
you think of them as bikes, they are great.

They are a little small and have a limited weight capacity (IIRC 250 lbs).
They are sized for an average size person and are NOT adjustable, well you
can add cushions behind you if you're short so you can reach the pedals.

It's not fast, it was designed to meet Englands electric assisted bicycle
laws so it has a top speed on flat ground of approx 15 mph (without
pedaling) and definitely needs help from the rider to make it up hills.

It gets a lot of attention so be prepared to answer a lot of questions and
fend off folks who want to test drive it.

The trunk is big enough to handle one bag of groceries.

It has the option of using parallel batteries to extend the range. With
dual batteries I'd guess the range is 20-30 miles, but at 15 mph that will
take you a couple hours.

The standard pedals are single speed with short crank arms, I think
somewhere in the neighborhood of 155mm. You get up to around 80 rpms at
15 mph, so unless you pedal like mad, or are going down hill, you won't
get it up much faster than that.

It's a blast to ride. Because you are so low to the ground the speed
seems much faster than it is.

If you are looking for a low speed, short range commuter vehicle with
limited cargo capacity, then this is a fun choice.


> I looked into one of these almost 20 years ago. I don't think what I
> larned
> then has changed much since - these are real "cuties" but they can be
> terribly fragile and troublesome little EVs. They're sort of Mini-EL
> wannabes that didn't make the grade (though I think they actually predate
> the Mini-EL and are even smaller).
>
> Frankly, they're little more than toys. But if you want it just to tinker
> with and not as a practical daily driver, it might be fun.
>
> Others may disagree : perhaps I'm too practical, but I wouldn't pay much
> more than the opening bid for it.
>
> However, given the current mania for used EVs, I wouldn't be surprised if
> it
> gets close to a grand before it's done. If you really want it, keep track
> of the winner and offer him a couple hundred bucks in a year or two. ;-)
>
> David Roden
> EVDL Administrator
> http://www.evdl.org/
>
>
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