NEW YORK, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, pioneering electric car company THINK announced plans to begin selling the THINK City, one of the world's first highway-capable electric vehicles (EVs), in New York and other select cities later this year. THINK and the U.S. Department of Energy's local Clean Cities chapter are working together to bring the THINK City electric vehicle to customers in New York.
"New York is a logical early market for the THINK City in the U.S.," said THINK CEO Richard Canny. "New York ranked third on our EV-Ready Cities Index based on the great fit of EVs for city driving and the strength of state and local government support."
Today, New York City officials and several New York fleet operators had a chance to test drive the zero-emissions electric car at a drive event on Pier 7 in Brooklyn. The sophisticated lithium-ion battery system that gives the car its range and reliability is made in the U.S. by New York's own Ener1, Inc., one of the city's leading clean technology companies.
"Use of EVs will provide a clean, cost effective alternative to the use of gasoline powered light-duty vehicles by public and private fleets," said Christina Ficicchia Executive Director of the New York City Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities. "We are excited to work with THINK North America, a U.S.-based manufacturer of electric vehicles; and support incentives for clean transportation."
New York was tied with Chicago in the EV Ready-City Index released by THINK in January. THINK developed the index to measure which markets are most likely to begin and benefit from the transition to electric vehicles.
New Yorkers can see the THINK City in the EV Pavilion at the New York International Auto Show at the Javits Center April 2-11.
THINK City is a purpose-built, all-electric car designed for urban environments. It is capable of highway speeds and can travel more than 100 miles on a single charge with zero local emissions. THINK City is currently in production in Finland and sold in select European markets. The company recently announced plans to begin manufacturing the THINK City in Elkhart, Ind. beginning in early 2011. For more information, visit www.thinkev.com.