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Th!nk City Car news — I am not a quadricycle… - 2008

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This is the Th!nk City car. It is not a
quadricycle. Not a quadricycle. Th!nk is very clear about this, and wants to
make sure you remember it.

The City is an all-electric car soon to be
launched in the UK as a competitor to the G-Wiz. But whereas GoingGreen, the
distributors of the hapless G, attempted to talk around the vehicle’s awful crash test results by claiming it was a quadricycle, not a
car - no one ever has a crash in a quadricycle, see - Th!nk is very clear that
the City is a proper car.

A proper car with a range of 124 miles, no
less. Th!nk says that a ten hour charge from a domestic electricity socket will
send you well past the 100 mile mark, and though performance is hardly
blistering - 6.5 seconds to 30mph and 16 seconds to reach 50mph - the City
should be cheap to run.

The total electricity cost of 10,000 miles
of driving is predicted to be in the region of £125 - by Top Gear’s
calculations, even if you managed 40mpg in your petrol car, you’d be looking at
roughly ten times that in fuel bills.

If you’re thinking the City looks
familiar, you’re right. The Norwegian company was bought by Ford in the late
1990s, but was ditched four years later after producing the City in very
limited numbers. Now back under Norwegian ownership, Th!nk is now billing
itself as ‘the car company of the 21st century’, which at least demonstrates a
reasonable grasp of the Gregorian calendar.

The City aims to be green in more than
just emissions: the car is 95 per cent recyclable, while the batteries are
returned to the supplier at the end of their life. Unlike the G-Wiz, you’ll
even be able to order it with a bit of kit on board - air con, Bluetooth and
sat nav will all be options when the City reaches the UK at the end of this
year. Expect prices to start at about £14,000.

No, it’s not cheap, but the Th!nk might
just be the start of viable urban electric cars. And it’s not a quadricycle.
Did we mention that?

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