UK motorists will soon be able to
place orders to buy the first fully electric powered car later this
year, when the new TH!NK city electric vehicle (EV) goes on sale in
Revealed at the
2008 Geneva Motor Show this month by Norwegian electric vehicle
pioneers Think, a company with 17 years experience in EVs, the new
TH!NK city will be available for customer orders during the last
quarter of this year.
TH!NK city is a true, modern urban
car, not a quadricycle. It is a fully environmental vehicle,
emission free and 95 percent recyclable. With an energy efficiency
three times that of a traditional combustion engine car, it is a car
that realistically meets the growing challenges of environmental
protection and congestion and emissions legislation.
The two seater urban car has a top
speed of 65 miles per hour. It accelerates from zero to 30 mph in
just 6.5 seconds and 50 mph in 16 seconds. It requires just an
overnight top-up of electricity and can travel for 124 miles in city
driving on a fully charged battery. A full charge from a domestic
electricity socket takes just ten hours. Over 10,000 miles use, the
total cost of electricity used to power a TH!NK city will be in the
region of £125.
TH!NK city is designed to meet the
strict safety requirements of both Europe and the US, as a
highway-safe road car. The car is equipped with ABS brakes, airbags
and three-point safety belts with pretensioners and it meets all
European and US requirements with good margins.
“Unlike the lower-range, electric
quadricycles that have had limited success in the UK, TH!NK city is
a real car which provides a realistic option for those motorists who
want to drive a true zero emissions car,” said Richard Blundell,
Managing Director of Think UK.
“Also, concern for the environment
has been at the heart of the development of TH!NK city. It’s not
only environmentally sound to drive, but the car itself is designed
to be recycled,” he added.
Engineers, developers, buyers and
designers in the company have focused on utilising clean recyclable
materials, non-polluting production processes. The dashboard can be
completely recycled. The fabric, body, supports, air ducts,
adhesives and fixings are designed using the same recyclable
TH!NK city’s body is made of
recyclable ABS plastic, designed specifically for city driving. Not
only is it ideal for motorists want to avoid visible scratches and
irritating dents, the unpainted plastic bodywork also reduces both
energy consumption and toxins, while also making the panels easier
to recycle. The batteries are returned to the supplier at the end of
their useable life.
Standard equipment on each TH!NK
city includes power steering, central locking, a 4kW electric
heater, and electric windows and mirrors. Optional equipment will
include air conditioning, a pre-heat timer, electrically heated
windscreen, full length sunroof, Radio CD with MP3, USB, Bluetooth,
a navigation & multimedia system, alloy wheels, roof rack and 2 + 2
children seats (including 3-point seat belts)
Production started last autumn, and
the first batch of cars will be delivered to Norwegian customers
this spring with orders for UK cars being taken in the last quarter
of this year. The expected retail price of TH!NK city is £14,000.