Th!nk To Sell City Car Stateside. Or Not.

th nk to sell city car stateside or not

Automotive News reports that Th!nk is about to offer their new City car for sale in the USA. The Th!nk City glides from rest to 30mph (ha!) in 6.5 seconds, tops-out at just over 60 mph and sports ABS, dual airbags and air con. Th!nk claims she'll go (slightly) more than 100 miles between charges. Obviously, not a road tripper, but for running down the street to buy orange juice, not a bad option. Especially if your bicycle has a flat. Aside from folks being put off by the City's diminutive size, we only foresee one real hurdle — the damn price. Th!nk wants you (yes you) to cough-up somewhere between $15k and $17k for the City. That's some serious cash– especially when compared to $12k for a Smart ForTwo or $15k for a "real" car like a Suzuki SX4. On top of that, Th!nkers are going to be charged an additional $100 – $200 per month for battery rental. Yeesh. And here's our favorite part — Tesla's making the batteries! That's it — I'm starting an Electric Lawsuit Watch series.

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  • KixStart KixStart on Apr 21, 2008

    I got to the $15K-$17K part and was thinking, "even for a two-place, not bad." A price of $15K to $17K would be less than half the cost of a Volt and less than a Prius, although for a less capable vehicle. Still... 100 mile range on electric, not bad. And this all whirled through my head just before I reached "battery rental." Forget that.

  • Guyincognito Guyincognito on Apr 21, 2008

    I hope this is seriously updated over their previous vehicle, but the stats sound similar. That thing was a glorified golf cart with a tonka plastic cover that put your head about 2.5' off the ground. Going 60mph in it was actually quite fun in that near death experience kinda way.

  • John B John B on Apr 21, 2008

    "On top of that, Th!nkers are going to be charged an additional $100 - $200 per month for battery rental." Damn you!! I almost pissed my pants laughing when I read that. It's a joke - isn't it?

  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Apr 22, 2008

    I drive a Land Cruiser and spend less than $200 per month on fuel. The price of the battery rental is ridiculous. I may sometimes wonder if the eco-left is using their brains, but I doubt too many of them that aren't filthy rich will buy into this rotten deal.

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