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Does it come with go faster stripes?
Its good to see another electric car on the roads, and with the prospect of four star Euro N/CAP, it is good to see safety being taken seriously.
The problem is, its very expensive. The G-Wiz is £5000 cheaper and doesn't have the montly battery costs. Thanks to a Lotus-engineered front crash structure, the latest G-Wiz i is also a lot safer than the old one, and performance is much improved.
A few of my friends own electric cars - one of them is up in Coventry and he reckons he saves around £50 a month in petrol, just buzzing too and from work. With petrol prices rumoured to be hitting £1.50 by the end of the year, an electric car could be just the thing for short distance driving.
I hope that Think make a success of this car, but £14,000 buys an awful lot of car, and I don't reckon that the Think is enough car for the money.
14,000 GBP will translate into what, about $20,000? I know the exchange rate is richer, but whenever I look at GBP prices for cars, the U.S. prices don't seem to fully capture the currency differential. In any case, if that car is for real (more on that in a bit) and it does what they say it'll do (60-65 mph and a range of 100 miles or thereabouts), then Think City is going to be a grand slam home run in the United States.
The reason I say that is that the average car is driven 28 miles a day here. A lot of households have two cars, making special-purpose vehicles a substantial niche. As long as Think City isn't an NEV like the G-Wiz, and as long as they're not fudging on the specifications, my gut tells me they'll have a big hit on their hands.
So, that's my biggest question. Is this thing an NEV or is there really a safety cage? Will it pass U.S. standards? If it's another glorified golf cart like the G-Whiz (and a zillion other NEVs), forget about it. I want to see what Jeremy Clarkson has to say about it. Yeah, I know he'll insult it, but we all know which Clarkson insults to take seriously and which ones to merely chuckle over while sipping our gin.
Something else occurred to me: The review described the car as "crude," but didn't elaborate. As long as it feels as solid and smooth as your standard subcompact, I see no problem. But if it rides like a buckboard, that's going to be a big issue.
This car reminds me of daewoo they try to make small clever cars a bit like smart and mini but just doesn't make a business out of it and when daewoo went bust I thought they should have never tried to make a car and should have stuck with microwaves and stuff.