Norway-based manufacturer Think successfully previewed the Think City at the 2008 Geneva Auto Show, and having recently been on the receiving end of a few million dollars from GE, the vehicle shows no signs of slowing down. Currently there are about 1200 Think vehicles driving the streets of Norway.
- Type: 100% electric vehicle
- Class: 2+2 compact
- Manufacturer: Think
The manufacturer says …
“TH!NK city demands very little of you. In fact, not much more than a mobile phone. Just an overnight power top-up, and it’s ready to go in the morning.”
The Critics Say...
“The Think City is set to challenge the G-Wiz — the UK's biggest-selling electric car — head-on.”—thisismoney.co.uk2
What We Like
The materials. According to the company web site, the Think City is made of 95% recyclable material, and “the car itself is designed to be recycled”. You don’t see that claim very often.
The clever, and honest, marketing copy. The Think City says what few others do—that, as an electric car that plugs into the grid, it is not a zero emissions vehicle when you consider the source of that energy. Instead, the Think City is a “zero local emissions” vehicle. Bravo.
The safety. ABS brakes, airbags, side impact bars in the doors, and those are just for starters. Granted when you make a car this small, safety will automatically come to mind to wary consumers, but the Think City is armed with about as much as she can handle.
The 2+2. This option elevates the Think City into a practical electric car.
What We Don’t Like...
The price. Or lack thereof, since Think’s not saying yet. For better or worse, this will be the true indicator of this vehicle’s future viability.
The design. For all its functionality and good-looking specs, she’s as ungainly as virtually every other EV out there in her class (except the ZENN).
TH!NK City Specs:
- Propulsion system: 3 phase asyncron electric motor, peak power 30 kW
- Top Speed: 62 mph (100 km/h)
- Zero-to-30: 6 seconds
- Vehicle range: 125 miles
- Fuel(s): Electricity
- Battery pack: three options for the consumer:
- MES DEA – Zebra, 28.3kWh sodium (high energy density, but runs hot)
- Enerdel, 27kWh Li-ion (lithium manganese system, ambient)
The company’s marketing plans include landing in certain European cities in 2009, starting with London. Until then we await a sticker price.
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