Think City electric car now offering four seats for the first time

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 26, 2010

The newest Think City electric car offers 2+2 seating for the first time. And four-seat sales began in Europe earlier this month. The company currently sells its two-seat model to U.S. fleets from its assembly facility in Elkhart, Ind., and it did not say if the car will be added to its U.S. model line. Air conditioning is standard in the newest Think City model.

The car has a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and powertrain coverage of up to five years/75,000 miles. The automaker says the car can travel up to 70 mph and cover 100 miles on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery pack.

Think's Elkhart plant gets partially assembled vehicles from manufacturer Valmet in Finland, which produces Think vehicles for the European market. The two plants are expected to assemble about 2,500 vehicles in 2010. Of that number, 300 will be produced in the Elkhart plant.

Elkhart workers are currently tasked with completing production of the cars including installation of the electric drive train and the lithium-ion batteries.

Indianapolis-based Ener1, Inc. produces the batteries. In 2011, Think's Elkhart plant will replicate the production line, tooling facilities and processes used in Finland. This coincides with the company's forecast to produce 2,500 vehicles for the U.S. market in 2011.

Press Release

The latest generation THINK City is now available for the first time with four seats, and goes on sale across Europe this month

Powered by industry-leading lithium-ion battery technology from award-winning battery maker Ener1 in the US, and now with air-conditioning as standard, the latest generation THINK City offers the most complete electric vehicle (EV) package on the road today.

The latest generation model also comes complete with the THINK G4 EV DRIVE CONTROLLER – the heart of THINK technology. THINK G4 is the fourth generation proprietary power electronics system underpinning the THINK City EV. It is the most advanced EV system commercially available anywhere in the world, offering key benefits such as enhanced technical safety, improved real world range, efficiency gains and improved functionality and flexibility.

With the additional reassurance of a five-year warranty (or 100,000km – whichever occurs first) on both the car and the battery, there has never been a better time to enter the new and exciting world of EVs.

The THINK City is the world’s first EV to be granted pan-European regulatory safety approval and is homologated for sale as a passenger car across the continent. It is a zero emissions pure battery EV, built on a dedicated lightweight platform and designed as a modern urban car. It can travel at highway speeds of up to 110 km/h and cover 160 kilometres on a single charge with zero local emissions.

Topics: electric car, uk

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