20 Think City electric cars arrived in Portland earlier this week for their coming out party today on Electric Avenue. These cars were built in Elkhart, Indiana and are part of the unsold inventory that was created when the parent company, Think Global of Norway, filed for bankruptcy in June 2011. The "orphaned" vehicles found a new home in Oregon where willing buyers lined up to adopt the stranded cars.
The new Think City cars were united with their new owners who were able to purchase the all-electric vehicles for about $16,000 each while also receiving a $7,500 tax credit. Quite a good deal by anyone's reckoning.
The Think City is a two-door, all-electric car with a 100-miles range and a top speed of 70 mph, making it well suited to both highway and downtown driving. Even better are the THINK's sustainability and environmental bona fides: It is environmentally sound to drive, it was developed using clean recyclable materials and non-polluting production processes, and, at end of life, is fully recyclable. Sounds like a winner for Oregon and the lucky new owners. Or as Bob Dylan sang in a different time and for a different reason:
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a changin'