Prime Minister Gordon Brown Samples TH!NK city EV at Downing Street

PM Gordon Brown and TH!NK\'s city EV
PM Gordon Brown and TH!NK's city EV

The Government invited a range of electric vehicles to Downing Street yesterday, among them the TH!NK city, following the announcement of a new £100m funding package aimed at encouraging the mass marketing of such electric vehicles. Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined Transport Minister Geoff Hoon for a presentation by Managing Director of Think UK, Richard Blundell, of the all-electric TH!NK city electric vehicle (EV).

The funding will be channelled through to companies via a series of competitions organised by LCVIP over the next five years, a government-established body aiming to boost economic growth and quality of life via the promotion of development and innovation into new technologies. The board is sponsored by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

Speaking about the government's £100m investment, Geoff Hoon said: "Electric cars and other low carbon vehicles, like plug-in hybrids, cut fuel costs and reduce harmful emissions. If we can inspire more people to use them, it will help us to make a positive impact on climate change."

Utilsiing recyclable plastic panels, the TH!NK city can clock up over 180 km (or 112 miles) of city driving from a fully-charged battery, which charges overnight from a conventional power socket. Performance can only be considered sluggish outside of cities, able to reach a top speed of 65 mph and with acceleration to 30 mph in just 6.5 seconds and to 50 mph in 16 seconds. Exemptions from road tax and London congestion charge add to frugality.

There are unfortunately no comments from Brown or Hoon on their first impressions of the new electric vehicle, but nonetheless don't expect the TH!NK city to be too frequent a sight on Downing Street.

Produced in Norway and already available in its home market, the new TH!NK city EV will arrive in the UK sometime next year.

Source: Think
Published Oct 28th, 2008 9:49pm By Sam Stockley

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effington effington
the implications of everyone suddenly driving electric cars would push the electrical infrastructure almost, if not past breaking point, not to mention the extra coal that will have to be burnt to power all these little POS... we're going round in circles... someone come up with a new fuel already! lol
Oct 30th, 2008 2:40pm
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great_supercars255 great_supercars255
"whats the use of this again?"
Oct 29th, 2008 9:24pm
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sub39h sub39h
"So this is what I'm taxing my public into driving..."
Oct 29th, 2008 6:38am
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Bremen_Koenigsegg Bremen_Koenigsegg
^ Hahaha! Think it's likely to change his mind?
Oct 29th, 2008 8:26am
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peterjames7 peterjames7
well whats typical of the uk is this car came out in the late nineties and the uk government is only now jumping onto it! yeah the m25 would be a joke the battery would die on the road in the middle of rush hour well rush 3 hours and you only want to go two junctions down thats why i left the uk and now live in oz, the land of v8's and cheaper petrol
Oct 29th, 2008 6:28am
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mmr66 mmr66
repley to bada bing can you imagine driving this on the m25 in rushhour.
Oct 29th, 2008 2:06am
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Bada_Bing Bada_Bing
LOL like a cardbard box
Oct 29th, 2008 2:48am
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Bada_Bing Bada_Bing
For anyone who lives in england , can you imagine driving this up the M1 on a normal day? And what a shame Shame the car didnt run the scottish wa***r over!
Oct 29th, 2008 1:56am
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Bada_Bing Bada_Bing
oops only one shame , wheres the edit button!
Oct 29th, 2008 1:57am
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