Tuesday 14 July 2015 7:01 pm

Sir Clive Sinclair is crowdfunding a new invention: The A-Bike Electric

Catherine Neilan is head of politics and investigations at City A.M.

Catherine Neilan is head of politics and investigations at City A.M.

Fresh from his victorious fundraising for an updated ZX Spectrum, Sir Clive Sinclair has a new invention seeking crowdfunding – the world's lightest and most compact electric bike. 
The A-Bike Electric – an upgrade of the original which launched nearly a decade ago – is about to launch on Kickstarter, where Sinclair's team is hoping to secure £40,000 to get the prototype into production. 
The bike uses a brushless motor and quick charge 24V battery, which will power the electric element of the bike for up to 25km (16 miles) – although the rider can of course cycle without turning the power on. 
Aimed at commuters, it's very lightweight – just 12kg (26lbs) – making it suitable for commuters to carry if they are taking a train, tube or bus at points in the journey. 

So light, you can run around holding it (Source: A-Bike Electric)

Sinclair said: “We envisage A-Bike as the ideal solution for travelling at both ends of a commuter journey. A typical commuter needs to get from home to local station and thereafter from destination to office or workplace – without anxiety of portability, parking and security” 
As well as simply donating to the cause a limited number of initial backers could buy the A-Bike Electric for £449; the standard price is £589. 
Given the success of the ZX Spectrum Vega, it looks likely that Sinclair and team will reach their £40k target.