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By Nick Gibbs
12 March 2008 08:57
The Think City goes on sale at the end of 2008 with the ability to drive over 100 miles on one charge and hit 60mph. It also looks, steers and, so we’re promised, crashes like a modern city car. If it looks familiar, then you remember Ford’s aborted eco project. This is that same car six years on, back in Norwegian hands and brought bang up to date.
The range is plenty given the target customer and the competition. Think bosses realise it only makes sense for tax-wily Londoners taking an eco-stand, and for them the car is nigh-on perfect. The range is double that of the electric competition, namely the G-Wiz and Mega City Nice, and the top speed is a healthy 20mph faster.
Common to all are the plastic panels, stubby three metre footprints and 2+2 seating, but the vast difference in range comes from the battery. In contrast to the venerable lead-acid cells juicing the G-Wiz, the Think is powered by the same lithium-ion polymer tech as the iPod.
It’d certainly get a callback from Futurama, at least on the tech and exterior looks. Ford’s wide-eyed design from 2002 is still fresh today, and those matt-finished plastic body panels are the same colour all the way through, so no worries with scrapes. The panels are anchored to a steel lower frame that, according to Think, means it’ll absorb crashes like a car and not a quadricycle (aka the G-Wiz loophole).
You can even text chat with your Think. A quick SMS will discover what charge remains or how far into the ten hour recharge you are. A bit of optional cleverness will also let you text to warm the interior on cold mornings.
Any G-wiz escapees will laud the interior as futuristic too, but the well-built, generously proportioned cabin takes us right back to the Millennium, thanks to those 2002 Ford-sourced controls.
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RE: Think City
I rather take the bus or train than to be seen in these two slightly glorified golf carts.
18 June 2008 21:25
A waste of space.
28 May 2008 12:43
i think its a great idea it goes well looks good and wont fall apart (its norweigen) i love everything exept the price !!! i thin ill definately get one used if i can find a place to service it and and get it MOTed !!!!! love it
30 April 2008 18:43
Why is it so heavy? I realise it has batteries in, but nearly a ton and a half for a 60mph plastic box is ridiculous. I sincerely hope the electric car nonsense dies a proper death soon. As Car pointed out recently Dr Porsches electric car of a century ago had similar range and performance to todays electric vehicles. Such progress!
17 March 2008 19:47
Suggestion for Ford
Ford, why don't you import the Tata Nano, stick Ford badges on it and stick a reconditioned Kawasaki 750cc bike engine under the bonnet and save everybody £10-£12,000 big one's? At least that isn't an exercise as painfully expensive and stupid as this 'Think City' idea!!
17 March 2008 17:51
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