Current project . . .
Sir Clive Sinclair yesterday launched his latest
manufacturing base but took a back seat to
19-year-old Kylie Forrest in demonstrating what
it will produce.
factoy at Blantyre, near Glasgow, will make 2,000
units a month of the Zeta (Zero Emission
Transport Accessory), which aims to electrify
shoebox-size Zeta contains a rechargable battery
and motor, and when attached to the back wheel of
a bicycle can propel it at up to 14mph for eight
to 10 miles on one charge. It is priced at
£144.95 and more than 3,500 have already been
sold in Britain and 1,500 overseas.
employs 23 people and hopes to double the
workforce in the next 12 months. A Zeta-equipped
bicycle can be transformed from pedal power to
electric power at the flick of a switch, and can
be used in all weathers.
Zeta is launched 10 years after Sir Clive's
ill-fated C5 electrically-powered vehicle, which
was in production for only a few months, but the
inventor is optimistic about his new power plant.
''We know it won't go the way of that, because we
have shown it's very successful.''
projects for Sir Clive include a computer chip,
being developed in the US, which is said to be
much more efficient in its use of silicon, and an
ultra-lightweight pedal cycle whose design and
materials innovations will mean a total weight of
less than 10lbs.