Solutions: Electric Car to Make Euro Debut in 2009

Wed, 2008-04-30 15:41Richard Littlemore
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Solutions: Electric Car to Make Euro Debut in 2009

The Norwegian makers of the Think electric car have announced their intention to go into production next year with a $25,000, 95% recyclable, fully electric car. (Nice!)

It's interesting to note that the faltering Ford Motor Company, North America's leading maker of “light” trucks, sold Think to private investors in 2004. (Clever!?)

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“The Norwegian makers of the Think electric car have announced their intention to go into production next year with a $25,000”

Gee, just imagine, for only $10,000 less, you can buy a Ford Focus, which you can drive more than 100 Km, without having to plug it in for ten hours.

“95% recyclable”

And that’s different from any other car … how?

“It’s interesting to note that the faltering Ford Motor Company, North America’s leading maker of “light” trucks, sold Think to private investors in 2004. (Clever!?)”

Clever enough to post a $100 million profit in the first quarter of this year. Another one of your “well-researched” articles, I see, Richard.

Yes Rob and with $2.25 a litre coming in the very near future, an alternative that costs only $0.25 a litre makes no sense. Right. I guess you just like flushing money down the toilet. The real question is why isn’t GM or Ford partnering with NA manufacturers like Zenn or Dynasty to produce electric cars here. Given the additional layoffs GM just announced it’s just good business sense.

“Gee, just imagine, for only $10,000 less, you can buy a Ford Focus, which you can drive more than 100 Km, without having to plug it in for ten hours.”

Yes. You could drive it for more than 100KM if you can get gas for it.
The people of Scotland this week would have been delighted to be able to drive for 100KM without having to drive all over the country first because of gas shortages.

What? You think there will never be gas shortages in the US?
The US IMPORTS 75% of it’s oil and oil is a finite resource. That means one day we will be getting less and less of it. Guess what buddy? That day is here. Global Peak Oil Production has arrived.

In five years time those of us foresighted enough to have bought an electric or plug-in hybrid will be laughing our asses off at the losers who can’t afford gas.

And if the warmist loons succeed in their noble efforts to cripple North American power suppliers, where do you foresightedly propose to get all that inexpensive electricity to power your costly toys?

Idiots !

This WSJ report shows that Ford actually earned $750 million in the first quarter of this year - the first profitable quarter in two years and probably the lasts. As the WSJ says, “Despite the quarterly earnings, the company said it still doesn't expect to post an annual profit until 2009.” And looking at the U.S. economy, I'm thinking a profitable 2009 is possible only in the imagination of the Ford publicity team.

One word, Rob: sell. (Which is different than “sell out,” but I don't have time for an ethics seminar.) 

Richard,

I have been in the process of an EV conversion for 1½ years now. I was going to convert a Chevy S10 to electric but it is only a two passenger and my wife wants me to drive a 4 passenger vehicle. Well then the promise of the Volt came but it may be priced out of my range so I looked at converting a Yaris. I admit this is a very tempting prospect but I like the philosophy behind the Think! electric vehicle. It’s plastic composite panels make it much lighter so it can drive much further. It’s also much cheaper to drive. Another consideration is oil supply disruptions caused by hurricanes. I live in Houston Texas and while we dodged a cat 4 hurricane in 2005 our offshore oil rigs did not and we lost over 100 of them.

So I want to know where I can order one.

PS: Keep up your good work on debunking the denialist propaganda.

Electricity is never green unless from renewable non-polluting sources (say wind or solar [then again one can argue the manufacturing/building process]) but I’m assuming its supposed CO2 output will vary depending on what powers the power station (wouldn’t be very green in Australia thanks to coal). I’m also guessing that it wil still be greener than a regular petrol/diesel car as electricity transfer is quite efficient (less loss of power) and there is no “refining” step. inchirieri auto

I’m also guessing that it wil still be greener than a regular petrol/diesel car as electricity transfer is quite efficient.

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Hello, Change tends to come slowly in the automotive industry, but the pace of electric car development has picked up fast. Major automakers are promising electric cars for sale to the public by 2011 and earlier. Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Ford are all moving ahead, forcing other automakers to get on the ball… Refused Car Credit

Hi,

Can u please suggest a good Electric car and indicate the price.Why Electric car is not very popular? http://www.carreg.co.uk/

If you really want to buy an electric car right now you’ll find it, probably not at your local auto dealer but you’ll find it. I personally think that electric car technology still needs a while to become more attractive. I am a little bit skeptical now, what happen if my electric car brakes, do I call a mechanic or my local Houston electrician? There are still things we need to know.

The goal is to introduce a fully-electric concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010. The solutions developed will be utilized in .. Cheap Ford Focus

Electric vehicles are distinct from fossil fuel-powered vehicles in that they can receive their power from a number of sources, including fossil fuels themselves, nuclear power, and renewable sources such as tidal power, solar power, and wind power. This energy is then transmitted to the vehicle through use of overhead lines, wireless energy transfer, or a direct connection through an electrical cable.
We can start very cheap Electric Car Shipping if electric cars develop.

This is just an awesome little car by the looks of it. These should be issued out to driving schools and as government vehicles where possible. It always annoys me that officials tend to have one car allocated each instead of sharing. If they need to have one each then set a good example by having one of these little electric cars. These are the car of the future for those just needed to get from A to B and back again. I love them.