2001 Ford TH!NK Bike The Car Connection

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2001 Ford TH!NK

I have just spent a with an unusual vehicle has promised to unchain my dependence, voluntary, on gasoline. TH!NK which introduces itself as an of Ford Motor Company, is the of two- and four-wheeled battery vehicles (BEV) upon a fair share of Ford’s commitments depend.

My recent to TH!NK, however, was not a drive in the cute European microcar but a aboard the trim, free-spirited traveler bike. The traveler is a battery-powered, folding moped. But the ratty, smoke-stenching mopeds most people associate Caribbean island vacations, the is disarmingly smart. After on the battery power, nothing until the rider makes a push of the bicycle pedals. as gently as a parent pushing a on a swing, the electric motor a short two- or three-second to goose you on your way.

leg pedal-stroke—push. Left leg pedal-stroke—push. It only moments before you the traveler’s unusual, syncopated rhythm.

The bike doles out its precious power sparingly this promising a 16-mile range ideal conditions. From a stop on a level surface, it but a few yards in first gear a shift light illuminates, a higher gear. The higher the the less battery power is until the bike reaches 20 miles an hour and the electric automatically disengages altogether speed descends once

A twist-grip throttle on the right is tiny by motorcycle standards. it is meant to engage the motor and immediately in the event pedal-free is desired—at a draconian energy however.

Traveling man

The traveler ungainly at first, thanks to its architecture. The combination of small wheels and tall seat and handlebar stanchion, however, in a transportable bike that compactly in half. The bike just in front of the seat after you release a high-tech incorporated into the primary tube.

Folded, it takes up just 7.5 cu ft and weighs scarcely 40 lb (once the battery is removed, as recommended transporting the bike).

Underway, the is more stable than the appearance suggests. It is easy, in to become seduced by the traveler. Its is silent and virtually impalpable at speed.

At a rise in the road, the powers on gently but discreetly clear sailing returns and own pedal-pushing in high gear is to sustain an agreeable momentum.

in Nashville, this charming of rolling vistas—in my own undulating of Green Hills, which is to the point—opportunities for clear sailing the good ship traveler are My maiden voyage is a case in I attempted an easy commute on a afternoon that was ideal for Seven miles and perhaps 800 of accumulated elevation changes my electronic fuel gauge three lamps on a five-lamp Before I could blink, the genie in my traveler simply as I was making the steep southbound up Estes Road.

No power lamps, no nothing. So geared is an unelectrified traveler I was reduced to pushing the TH!NK in surging after-school traffic every soccer mom in West flipping me off for my trouble.

Finally I powered up the charger to give the BEV its rehabilitation. As luck would it, a heavy spring squall cut service to my neighborhood until the morning. In an eerie homage to own rolling blackouts, there was to be electric charging nor electro-commuting for day yet.

Adventure in circles

For my TH!NK adventure, I plotted a route — in proximity to close friends with car measuring at least 7.5 cu ft. All told, I over 1000 feet of changes in 8.8 miles and 34 minutes. I the circuit almost completely TH!NK-‘n’-pedal power, although the 100-foot climb up the

renowned sledding hill on Road kayoed my depleted until after I reached the There was just enough to make our way back to the battery resuscitating embrace. During approach, however, that latch on the primary tube to loosen, and the bike began to involuntarily and in spite of my every to re-latch the hinges.

I contended for the mile or so with a rear that preferred one direction and a wheel that preferred

Next day, I scavenged an old single-speed, coaster-brake beach that I’d consigned to the in my basement. I rode the same 8.8 this time and no walking—not in the entire 37-minute jaunt. It was the time I’d pedaled long and far in at least 15 years. I it, and I have TH!NK to thank.

Because for a cost of only additional minutes on that old bike, I figure I saved $1,200 for the suggested price of a new

There are few transportation enthusiasts interested than I am in the prospects of an or alternately fueled commuter Ford is shrewd to jump this bandwagon more than any of its rivals so far. But the of alternative transportation is not yet with us; and my with the charming traveler I believe, that mere is not yet sufficient to change that

2001 TH!NK traveler

400-watt (peak) 24-volt DC motor

Power: electric up to 20 mph, 16 mile range six-hour charge time

Transmission: Three-speed manual rear hub, rear-wheel

Length x width x height: x 21.3 x 35.4 in

Length x width x height 27.6 x 19.7 x 23.6

weight: 53.20 lb

EPA City/Hwy: 0/hwy

Major standard front fork suspension, battery charger, energy indicator, twist-grip gear

Warranties: Frame, five battery set, six months; all components except fork, one

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