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A Recharged TH!NK Contemplates its

I like electric cars, and you too. Electric is, frankly, it s at. Amid the flurry of automakers ain hydrogen fuel-cell experimentation, a few companies have quietly we do mean quietly ) unplugged very convincing 100-percent-electric

Why is plug-in electric such a alternative? The key factor is infrastructure . a network of hydrogen refueling is a lofty and distant goal, to say the and it ll be awfully hard to keep FCX or HydroGen on the road without But electric cars don t have problem. Everybody s got a spare right?

No, I won t be the first to note battery technology isn t yet what it be, but it s hard to deny that is being made. The EV-1 twenty-six heavy lead-acid and had a maximum range of 90 miles. The Roadster has a trunk-sized pack of some 6800 laptop-style batteries and has a range of 200 miles.


Yes, there s work to be but it s happening.

Ford s debut of the brand seemed awfully to me back in 2000. Whereas Motors had sunk untold of dollars and hundreds of thousands of into the EV1 project, only to it outright a few years later, simply did what Ford did in those days: It consumed a company that had already the dirty work—in this the Norwegian firm PIVCO, plastic-bodied, two-seat electric was already darting around streets. When then-Ford and CEO Jacques Nasser introduced at the 2000 Detroit Auto the brand featured a handful of not all of them exactly stellar at least from a car-enthusiast s Now, don t get me wrong: I vividly having a ball zapping Ford s Dearborn, Michigan, on an battery powered TH!NK Fun . and I strongly suspect that if I in a 55+ community in Arizona, I d have

been a huge fan of the doorless, TH!NK Neighbor . But the star of the was a diminutive two-seat runabout, called the CityBee but re-dubbed the City . Fast, it wasn t speed: 56 mph with the wind at back); and long-legged, it definitely t (range: 53 miles on a good

An EV1 would ve smoked it completely in way—every way but one, that is: According to Ford s plan, any Joe or Jane would be able to into his or her local Ford and hum away in a City. GM, on the other had instituted an impenetrable, company lease plan that it to maintain complete control who got an EV1, where they it, and for how long.

Well, the short of it is that got cold feet for electric before this grand was realized. The company nixed in 2004 (promptly confiscating the few cars that had made it to roads). The official word was Ford has decided forego of investment to concentrate on fuel-cell

In other words, TH!NK for was thunk.

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Well, Ford s wasn t the end of the road for TH!NK, all. Post-Ford, the has staged a remarkable bounce-back. Purchased in by a consortium of Norwegian investors by the charismatic Jan Olaf Willums below), the little EV company could revamped its City car above), improving its performance speed was now 62 mph) and cruising (now 112 miles).

The company cut a deal with Motors, makers of the 130-mph Roadster, to buy lithium-ion batteries for the and the reinvented two-seater itself the interest of Google founders Page and Sergey Brin, as as Mr. Segway himself, Dean And now, it seems, TH!NK is for a major comeback in America, as early as next year.

So Ford and GM are playing around the most common element in the TH!NK has begun its Act II.

We ll keep you

Read more on the reborn City here. and catch up on the talks here .

Photos courtesy of TH!NK and Google (below).

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