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1985 – Sir Clive Sinclair launches the Sinclair C5 personal electric vehicle

10 January

The Sinclair C5 is a small one-person battery electric vehicle, technically an “electrically assisted pedal cycle”. (Although widely described as an “electric car”, Sinclair characterised it as a “vehicle, not a car”.) It was the culmination of Sir Clive Sinclair’s long-running interest in electric vehicles. Continue reading “1985 – Sir Clive Sinclair launches the Sinclair C5 personal electric vehicle”

1952 – The Great Smog of ’52

5 December

The Great Smog of ’52 was a severe air-pollution event that affected London during December 1952. A period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless conditions, collected airborne pollutants mostly from the use of coal to form a thick layer of smog over the city. It lasted from Friday 5 December to Tuesday 9 December 1952, and then dispersed quickly after a change of weather. Continue reading “1952 – The Great Smog of ’52”

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