The climate change is the biggest threat to environment as well as the source of social- economic problems in this world at present. Some impacts due to climate change such as greenhouse effect which is as a result of large amount of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere and the destruction of the Ozone layer are deemed very detrimental to the survival of the human kind in the near future.Bachelet, Neilson, Lenihan & Drapek (2001).
This drastic issue of climate change among other factors has led to endeavors by various authorities to promote or fund development of machines in all aspects of energy consumption that are environmental friendly. These authorities like governments or large organizations have developed a keen interest to promote these developments. These are for example the development of Sinclair C5 by Sir Clive Sinclair in the United Kingdom on January 10th 1985. The design was ideal for its intended purpose but the product development of this design did not last for long, Dale & Rodney (1985).
This study seeks to evaluate the development of Sinclair C5 wheel powered scooter, analyse the challenges that it faced hence try to come up with model that is more efficient so as to last in production stage of its development and outline the design preferred.
The invention of Sinclair C5 was done by Sir Clive Sinclair o...
This design of an electric tricycle vehicle was powered by lead-acid battery therefore the vehicles driver did not necessarily need peddling for its movement. The maximum speed it could attain was 24 kilometers per hour. It never became popular to the media or the market and ended up selling only about 12000 units at 399 each.
Development of Sinclair C5
The invention of Sinclair C5 started with a teenage dream of Clive Sinclair. His idea went on over decades without being implemented. It was in 1970 that this idea started as a project by Sinclair Radionics; however the project stalled when the company shifted to other business. It is until 1979 that the project was again started, there were changes in laws that brought about the possibility of changing the market of the development.
Sinclair Clive had to sell out a part of his ownership in Sinclair Research Company to cater for the raising cost of development of Sinclair C5 design in 1983. Sinclair accumulated a sum total of about 12 million to cater for this financing. Sinclair Vehicle Limited that branched out from Sinclair Research entered a production design contract with Lotus Company to develop the Sinclair C5 design at that phase of design. Hoover and Merthyr Tydfil were also tendered to manufacture the design at the same time. There was at this instance a widespread rumor in towns that the power that drove the Sinclair C5 was from a washing machine motor. Later on in 1984 at the University Of Warwick Science Park The Sinclair Vehicle Ltd set up a head office.
There was a negative reaction towards the Sinclair C5 in the society its usage was seen as not workable the climate lie one of the Britain and also dangerous on ever busy British streets.