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Opening Arguments

Lookee here, early adopters

Will the Think City electric car save Elkhart? The cars will cost "under $20,000" initially, but that's minus the battery (which will be leased) and including a $7,500 federal tax credit and other incentives. What will drivers get for the money? Test driver Jim Motavallli reports:

On the road (I know you were waiting for this part) in downtown Detroit, the Think City moved off the line with alacrity, albeit a bit noisier than some of its competition. Steering was heavy, but U.S. versions will have power assist. The two-seater, with a 100-mile range and a top speed around 70 mph, is no luxury car. It's comfortable, and it's utilitarian, and it's also a driver's seat waiting for volunteer posteriors of the nation's global warming-motivated early adopters.

A "utilitarian" two-seater with a 100-mile range. I think the factory's capacity of 20,000 cars a year might be a tad more than needed, unless there are a whole lot more "global warming-motivated early adopters" than there seem to be.


Bob G.
Thu, 01/14/2010 - 11:28am

...OR, we could chat up the Purdue University professor and that "Water Engine" he was working on, and see how THAT'S coming, eh?