Later this year, Think will begin importing the all-electric City vehicle from Finland to sell in the U.S. By early next year, the first Citys made in the U.S. (in Elkhart, IN) will roll off the production line. Those two pieces of information we've known for a while. What we didn't know – until now – was where Think would start sales of the CIty. One answer, it turns out, is New York City.
On the eve of the New York Auto Show, Think will hold a press conference tomorrow detailing plans to bring the City electric vehicle (EV) to customers in New York City. NYC was tied for third place in the company's recent EV-Ready Cities Index scorecard, a ranking of urban areas based on "which markets are most likely to begin and benefit from the transition to electric vehicles." One of the main considerations for the readiness level was which local governments provide the best financial incentives for people looking to buy an EV. Think explained that:
We should get more details tomorrow.Bringing the THINK City to New York will play a positive role in PlaNYC, the city's comprehensive sustainability plan that seeks to reduce the City's greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 level by 2030.
THINK TO BEGIN SELLING CITY ELECTRIC CAR IN NEW YORK
WHAT: Pioneering electric car company THINK will announce plans to bring the THINK City electric vehicle to customers in New York City. [...]
WHY: New York ranked third in THINK's EV-Ready Cities Index based on the great fit EV's have for city driving and the strength of the state and local governments support.
THINK City is a purpose-built, all-electric car designed for urban environments. It can travel at highway speed for 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.
Bringing the THINK City to New York will play a positive role in PlaNYC, the city's comprehensive sustainability plan that seeks to reduce the City's greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 level by 2030. The Think City, all electric vehicle provides excellent opportunities for both city fleets and private vehicles operating within the City's borders.