Ford TH!NK

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Ford TH!NK.

The Ford TH!NK was a line of electric vehicles produced by the TH!NK Mobility, then an enterprise of Ford Motor Company. The short-lived line included four models: the TH!NK Neighbor and the TH!NK City, small electric automobiles, and the TH!NK Bike Traveler and the TH!NK Bike Fun, electric-powered motorized bicycle. Ford sold its stock, and the resulting company, Think Global, produced electric cars in Norway until declaring bankruptcy in 2011.[1][2][3]

TH!NK City[edit]

See also: Th!nk City

The two door Th!nk City could seat a driver and a passenger and had a top speed of 56 miles per hour (90 km/h). The car had an acceleration speed of zero to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h) in seven seconds and weighed 2,075 pounds. The model was 9.8 feet (3.0 m) long, 5.25 feet (1.60 m) wide, and 5.1 feet (1.6 m) high.[4]

TH!NK Neighbor[edit]

The Neighbor was designed to meet the NHTSA specification for Neighborhood Electric Vehicles. Design and manufacture was unrelated to the Th!nk City. The Neighbor was initially offered in two models, a two-seater and a four-seater, with a two-passenger utility truck version offered near the end of production. The TH!NK Neighbor had a fixed roof over an open enclosure; a rain cover was optionally available to protect the passengers from the elements. The normal top speed was governored to 25 miles per hour (40 km/h) per NHTSA requirements, and it also had a "turf" mode that set its maximum speed at 15 miles per hour (24 km/h) for golf course use. Many options were designed for use on the golf course: it featured a bag rack, a holder for scorecards, tees, and balls, and a club washer. Additionally, there was a trunk option for the four-passenger version that could double as a cooler.

Disposal controversy[edit]

A major controversy erupted when Ford decided to crush off-lease TH!NK City cars stockpiled in the U.S. After protesting by environmentalist groups, including a Greenpeace rally on the roof of Ford's Norway offices, Ford decided to ship the excess vehicles to Norway.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "CSPC, TH!NK Mobility Recall Electrically Assisted Bicycles". U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 2001-09-18. Retrieved 2006-06-18. 
  2. ^ "2002 TH!NK Recall, Auto Recall, Safety Problems, vehicle Defects". AutoWorld. Retrieved 2006-06-18. 
  3. ^ "TH!NK Again Protesters". A Better Earth. September 2004. Archived from the original on May 12, 2006. Retrieved 2006-06-18. 
  4. ^ "TH!NK Different". Automotive Design and Production. Retrieved 2006-06-19. 
  5. ^ "TH!NK Again: Ford Does a U-Turn". Greenpeace. 2004-09-17. Archived from the original on 2006-06-09. Retrieved 2006-06-18. 

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