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It looks cute and doesn't use a drop of fuel. With the Think City you can cruise silently from early summer. The friendly electric car drives past Germany first.

By Stefan Grundhoff

The idea with the Think is not that new. The mini company PIVCO developed the first generation of the Think City in the second half of the 1990s and was so successful in the process that it was taken over by the Ford Motor Company in 1999. But after two tough years and hardly more than 1,000 electric minis sold, Ford got out again. The costs were too high, there was no amortization in sight, and the state of California had abandoned some extremely ambitious emissions targets that had influenced Ford's commitment.

Hardly any market opportunities in Germany

After almost five years of stagnation, the think idea is getting back on its feet. "In the spring we will start production of the new Think City," reports Egil Mollestad, who is responsible for development at the Norwegian company, "our factory is designed for an annual production of 10,000 vehicles."

Initially, the 3.12 meter long two-seater in a plastic look is to be offered in Scandinavia, Italy and the greater Brussels and London areas. «In Germany we are not going to start at the moment. Due to the market price, we assess the market opportunities here rather critically”, says Egil Mollestad.

There are no political benefits

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He should be right about that. The base price for the Think City is over 20,000 euros. The price difference to the anything but cheap German city dwarf Smart Fortwo is huge, even if this is only available in a model test in London with an electric drive. "As long as there are no political benefits, the Think hardly pays off for customers," explains Mollestad.

The round cuddly look of the Think City first of all attracts a lot of attention. People want to look, touch, test. Inside, the Norwegian cannot hide his Ford genes. The steering wheel, switches and controls come from the group shelf. Only the ventilation control has been borrowed from Renault.

In 13.2 to 80 km / h

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There are two airbags, ABS, electric windows and central locking as standard. The space is neat and there are even two emergency seats in the rear for an extra charge. When the electric motor starts, it goes easily away from the start with a slight delay. The power for the electric drive comes from a so-called Zebra battery.

Egil Mollestad: "Later in the year, two lithium-ion batteries will be available for the Think that are even more effective." The sprint from 0 to 80 km / h in 13.2 seconds is anything but fast, but fast enough and almost noiseless. Only the rolling noise of the tires can be heard.

Up to 200 kilometers range

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The top speed is around 100 km / h, so a trip to the neighboring city is no problem either. The range of the more than 1,100 heavy electric car, which is available in the four Playmobil colors Black Jungle, Blue Sky, Red Energy and City Citrus, should be between 170 and 200 kilometers. Then it's time to take a break. It is charged at a normal socket. The battery should have its full capacity again after ten hours.

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