Green Overdrive: A Rare Look At the Think City!

7 Comments

Think, a 20-year-old Norwegian electric car maker, plans to bring 500 of its boxy all-electric cars, the Think City, to fleets in the U.S. this year, followed by a larger consumer launch in the U.S. in 2011. Originally backed by Ford Motors in the late 90’s, Think has teetered on the brink of bankruptcy, but recently has been recapitalized (with plans for a U.S. factory) and currently sells the Think City in Europe. For this week’s episode of Green Overdrive, we got the rare opportunity to take one of the plastic-bodied Think City cars out for a test drive around San Jose, Calif.

7 Comments

Laurent J. Masson

I had the opportunity to test-drive the Think City in Geneva in 2008. The car I drove didn’t had power steering, but I didn’t miss it. I drove it up to about 40-mph, and acceleration was similar to a gas car. Contrary to normal car manufacturers who just drop an electric powertrain into a regular car, everything on the Think City has been thought to be recyclable with ease. Hence the plastic body.

Actually, it doesn’t look good in black, because it doesn’t shine, it has a matte finish that would look poor if you park the car next to a high-gloss Mercedes. You’ve got to get the car in a bright color, yellow or orange, then it looks cool.

Talton Figgins

The fact that this car is 95% recyclable is really awesome. I can’t wait until they are able to make it 100% recyclable. This is a great step.

Comments are closed.