By SIMON CALDER
The Government has declared war on the internal combustion engine, with no new petrol or diesel vehicles sold after 2040. But long before then, drivers may be tempted out of their cars by an electric vehicle which “flattens hills”: a Brompton folding bicycle with a built-in motor.
The Brompton was born in the mid-1970s, in a makeshift workshop in a flat overlooking the Brompton Oratory in west London. The creation of a young engineer named Andrew Ritchie caught on, and Brompton has now become Britain’s largest bicycle manufacturer.
By November 2016 the bike was being produced in a large new factory in Greenford, north-west London…
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