Think to Retail City EV in Finland

Taking advantage of the Helsinki EV Motor Show 2010, electric vehicle manufacturer Think announced it has established a sales network in Finland which will allow it to sell the City EV. The first Finnish customers to get the cars is a dealership in Helsinki, followed by other Finnish cities such as Turku, Tampere, Lahti, Jyväskylä and Oulu.

“Since we entered into collaboration with THINK in 2009 there has been very high level of interest from customers, both business and private, wanting to buy the THINK City,” said Ilpo Korhonen, president of Valmet Automotive, the company which assembles the City EV for Think.

“This hasn’t been possible in Finland until now, and we are extremely excited by the prospect of being exclusive distributor here, especially with the experience and expertise of our new sales and marketing director Hans Svensson leading the sales operation.”

As some of you already know, Think City is an all-electric vehicle tailored for urban environments. It can achieve a top speed of only 100 km/hour (62 mph) and sprints from naught to 100 km/h 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 model, currently manufactured in Finland, is the first EV to have been granted certification with the European CE conformity mark and EU homologation requirements. The car is currently being sold In The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, France, Austria and Switzerland.

“We know Valmet Automotive very well, and have the utmost respect and pride in their attention to quality and technical excellence in everything they do,” added Think's CEO, Richard Canny.

“We are sure this attitude will carry through to the newly established sales operation in this sophisticated and very EV-ready market.”
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