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By Nick Gibbs
12 March 2008 08:57
The Think is refreshingly familiar to operate – turn the key, shift the lever into Drive and a diminishing hum indicates the 40bhp motor’s readiness. It takes a second for the speed to build but then all of a sudden it shucks its 1400kg bulk. The force of the silent shove is a welcome surprise after the sluggishness of the G-Wiz and the old Think. I’m very quickly having to back off on tight test circuit.
The Think is nimble in the corners too (all that battery weight low down) and seems to ride well.
The ‘but’ is in the price: £14,000 plus £100 a month to lease the battery. Centrally fixated Londoners could see the sums swing away from petrol with the free (or reduced price) parking in certain boroughs, estimated energy costs of just £110 a year over 10,000 miles and free road tax. Congestion charging might have been the clincher had Ken not waived it for the likes of the £7000 Citroen C1 from October. Potential Thinkers will also be checked by the 2009 arrival of the electric Mitsubishi i – four proper seats, same 100-mile range and 85mph are all promised for £15,000.
This is tantalisingly close to the perfect urban runabout in these taxing times. The lithium-ion batteries give crucial leeway in the range – enough for a dash to the beach, or a 40-mile foot-to-the-floor commute with the heater and stereo on full. It’s roomy for two, quick off the mark and well built. In a first for electric mini-cars everywhere, it even looks appealing. This is a proper car, just one that sleeps attached to a plug. But oh, how expensive. At that price, it’s surely beyond the help of green carrot taxation.
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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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