The 2011 Think City electric car will soon be available in a four-seat version – a first for the automaker. The battery-powered commuter car, with its new interior layout featuring two additional seats, hits the market first in Norway by the end of this month and is scheduled to arrive in the UK in early 2011. Pricing for the four-seat version is expected to start at £23,500 ($36,566 U.S. at the current exchange rate).

The four-seat City is powered by a lithium-ion battery, which provides a 100-mile range and helps propel the pocket-sized electric car to a top speed of 68 miles per hour. The 2+2 model features foldable rear seats, comes with standard air conditioning and is backed by a five-year/60,000-mile warranty. Think marketing chief, Michael Lock, states that by simply adding two rear seats, the City is "unquestionably, the most attractive electric vehicle on the market." At this time, Think does not plan on launching a four-seat City model in the U.S.

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PRESS RELEASE

The latest generation THINK City is now available for the first time with four seats, and goes on sale across Europe this month.


Powered by industry-leading lithium-ion battery technology from award-winning battery maker Ener1 in the US, and now with air-conditioning as standard, the latest generation THINK City offers the most complete electric vehicle (EV) package on the road today.

The latest generation model also comes complete with the THINK G4 EV DRIVE CONTROLLER – the heart of THINK technology. THINK G4 is the fourth generation proprietary power electronics system underpinning the THINK City EV. It is the most advanced EV system commercially available anywhere in the world, offering key benefits such as enhanced technical safety, improved real world range, efficiency gains and improved functionality and flexibility.

With the additional reassurance of a five-year warranty (or 100,000km – whichever occurs first) on both the car and the battery, there has never been a better time to enter the new and exciting world of EVs.

"At the heart of everything THINK does is flexibility to the customer – and we have just taken this a step further this Christmas with the introduction for the first time of the 2+2 seating configuration. Want to take the kids to school? You've got it! You need to carry a heavy load? No problem, the seats stow away giving largely the same load space as before," said THINK Chief Marketing Officer, Michael Lock. "These advantages, coupled with our technical enhancements make the THINK City unquestionably the most attractive EV on the market."

The THINK City is the world's first EV to be granted pan-European regulatory safety approval and is homologated for sale as a passenger car across the continent. It is a zero emissions pure battery EV, built on a dedicated lightweight platform and designed as a modern urban car. It can travel at highway speeds of up to 110 km/h and cover 160 kilometres on a single charge with zero local emissions.

About THINK:

THINK is a pioneer in electric vehicles and a leader in electric vehicle technology, developed and proven over 20 years. This heritage gives THINK a head start with nearly 10,000 electric vehicles on the road and more than 56 million kilometres (35 million miles) of customer experience. The THINK City, the first EV to be granted pan–European regulatory safety approval, is sold across Europe, with sales and production about to start in the US and operations being developed in Asia.

THINK is also a leader in electric drive-system technology, and was the first to offer a modular and flexible EV drive-train solution in the business-to-business sector. With its Scandinavian origins and sustainability mindset, THINK is one of the most carbon-efficient car companies in the world.