Li-Ion Powered Think City Enters Production
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“THINK’s adoption of Ener1’s battery technology is going to allow us to scale up much more quickly in Europe and also be ready to enter the US market later this year," Richard Canny, Think CEO, said when announcing the production debut
"The volume production of these batteries now underway at Ener1 opens the door for THINK to finally enter higher scale production, now that battery supply constraints are behind us."
Until now, the car was using three types of batteries: two lithium-ion ones (made by A123 and Enerdel) and one sodium (made by Mes-Dea).
The Think can achieve a top speed of only 100 km/hour (62 mph) -enough considering it is meant as a city car - and sprints from naught to 100 in 6.5 seconds. During summer and with the heater off, Think can travel in between 170 km (105 miles) and 203 km (126 miles).
The car is being manufactured in Finland by Valmet Automotive, the same company which puts together the Porsche Boxster and Cayman.
“The EnerDel THINK partnership combines a cutting-edge lithium-ion battery solution with the most sophisticated EV drive-train in the world, leading the industry with a road-ready electric vehicle solution available for purchase today,” Ener1 CEO Charles Gassenheimer added.
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On 16 June 2010 at 16:04 UTC, Art said:
Contrary to what the article says EnerDel's batteries are not being used for the first time in an electric vehicle. Mazda, Volvo and others in addition to Think have and continue to successfully use EnerDel batteries in protype vehicles. This IS the first instance these batteries are being put into vehicles coming off a production line.
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