OwnerScott Cornell
Owner's Other EVs1993 Kewet EL-JET 3
1968 VW Karmann Ghia
1979 VW Rabbit
LocationPleasant Hill, California United States map
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Vehicle1984 Sinclair C5
MotorPolymotor Permanent Magnet DC
.3 HP 12 Volt at 3300 RPM
DrivetrainBuilt-in gear reduction and toothed belt
relay with some intelligence (low voltage cut-out)
Batteries2, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
lawn tractor batteries 22 Ah each
System Voltage12 Volts
solar panels on roof of house
HeaterThe sun
Instrumentationbattery state-of-charge (doesn't work well)
Top Speed12 MPH (19 KPH)
electric, 15 MPH with pedal assist
Acceleration0 to 12 MPH in about 4 seconds
Range12 Miles (19 Kilometers)
electric-only, many more with pedals
Seating Capacity1 adult plus a bag of groceries
Curb Weight104 Pounds (47 Kilograms)
TiresFront 12X2, rear 20X2 bicycle tires
Conversion TimeN/A - production vehicle
Conversion CostN/A - production electric
This is a production pedal and electric vehicle, produced in England in 1984. To use it, you pedal it up to a few miles an hour, then press the "go" switch on the handlebars and the motor starts. The frame is lightweight steel, the body is injection molded plastic. It's great for quick trips to the grocery store (it's "trunk" holds a large bag of groceries), but not too comfortable for long trips. They are common in Great Britain and parts of Europe, but rare here in the U.S. The photo shows my 5'6" son riding it. I'm 6'2" and still comfortable riding it. It's hard to go anywhere with this vehicle without having several people ask about it. This vehicle was sold in 2012.

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