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Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Think City Electric Car - Road Test
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Think City Car - An Electric Car Lap Of The Monaco Circuit

Think Global brought pre-production Think City electric cars to Monaco for the 2008 EVER Monaco Ecological Vehicle Show, held on March 27-30, 2008. Think Global is headquartered in Norway and produces the Think City at their factory located in Aurskog, Norway. We tested a blue Think City car (shown in the photo), and were impressed with this electric car's overall performance characteristics. The Think City is a ZEV (Zero Emissions Vehicle) and it can be fully charged overnight in ten hours.

The interior of a Think City Car is similar in size to a VW Polo. It comes standard with two seats, but can be fitted with two rear seats as an optional 2+2 configuration. The interior fabrics and plastics are of high quality, and the Think City is an electric car that feels like a production petrol (gasoline) powered car inside. Once you turn the starter key to the 'on' position, it is then a matter of selecting 'Drive' on the transmission console and using the accelerator pedal to engage the electric drive motor.

The performance characteristics of the Think City are very good for in town driving. Acceleration from a standstill 0 to 50 km/h (0 to 31 mph) takes 6.5 seconds, with a top speed of approximately 100 km/h (62 mph). It is an ideal vehicle for commuting in city centres, or as a second vehicle for local shopping. We took the Think City on a lap of Monaco on the streets that make up the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. As in all electric cars, you have to get used to the sound of an electric motor versus a petrol (gasoline) engine, and the Think's motor was quiet in the city circuit test we performed. When the car comes to a stop, there is silence, which is a contrast to the experience of driving a petrol (gasoline) powered car. During medium and hard acceleration, the Think City felt solid and there was no hesitation or uneven power application from the electric motor.

The Think City car has surprisingly good handling characteristics and taking some of the more difficult turns in Monaco like the ex-Loew's Corner was easy and the car tracked in a predictable way, with very good turn-in and balance. Think's engineers have done an excellent job of distributing the weight of the batteries to give the car the good road handling it has. Braking was also good and the Think City stops evenly and with a response that would give confidence in hard braking manoeuvres.

Think Global announced a strategic partnership with General Electric on March 5, 2008 and GE has also become a significant investor in Think Global. Also, on April 22, 2008 Think Global announced plans to create Think North America for sales and eventual production of Think City's in the United States.

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