The Think Electric Car!
You could do worse than think about the Think electric car, if the gorgeous George hasn't called to take you out in his cool Tango and you can't afford a Tesla!
The Think is a new, functional and affordable electric car. (Actually, it's really spelt Th!nk, with an annoying exclamation mark in the middle of the word, but we won't hold that against it!)
Now while I love designer cars, I think the arrival of the Think is possibly more important in the overall scheme of things. Unlike many releases to date, the Think electric car has been planned as a mass-market car, practical and within the reach of the average person.
At the moment it is planned to produce about 50,000 a year, but that is likely to increase as we all go electric over the coming years :) In this sense, the Norwegian manufacturers are the Henry Fords of the electric car world.
How about this for practicality:
The Norwegians are big into safety and detail and it shows in the Think. For a small, city car, this has everything you need and more.
Those of us who have been following the twists and turns of the various electric car sagas, will know that the Think electric car has had a troubled history. But it's great to see it back in production and in the hands of a committed Norwegian company called Th!nk Global.
The original version of the Think was a two-seater and goes back to 1998 when it was developed by a Norwegian company. But those were the years when big efforts were being made by vested interests to kill off the electric car, and the venture went bankrupt.
The rights were bought by Ford, who developed the concept further and made it a four-seater. But then Ford decided to offload their improved creation and sold it back to a Norwegian company in 2003. (As recently as that, electric cars were not considered to have mainstream potential. I bet Ford regret their decision now!)
Now, the Think is already on sale in Europe and is making its way to the U.S. with the backing of Silicon Valley investment. The American version is assembled in California. I am glad to inform you that it will be commercially available to U.S. buyers in 2009.
They're clean! They're green!