4 hours ago
17 April 2012
I am free! From maintenance, oil, etc.
We ordered our second Think City EV today, red this time. It is about one year since we ordered our first blue Think, and the price is significantly lower due to the closeout of the 2011 models.
Of course, a lot has changed in the EV world since the photo above. There are now many more Nissan EVs and Volt (mongrels?) on the road than there are Thinks or Teslas. This is all good. But how many of these other EVs have a proven track record, with a steady used market of ten year old models selling every day? Here are some Norwegian used car listings for Think, and the translated version in English (but don't trust the distance and monetary units). My understanding is that about 700 of the older fourth generation Think EVs are running around Norway, and many more scattered around Europe. In Germany, the 4th gen Thinks are popular car to convert to Lithium Ion batteries from the original flooded NiCad. The EV1 was a contemporary of the 4th gen Think, but we all know what happened to the EV1.
So I am proud to own a car (soon my wife will also) from the oldest dedicated EV maker on the planet, looking back on a history of reliability and forward to a future of new models, perhaps next year. Everything I am hearing points to a promising future from a well capitalized company, now headquartered in Munich. I wish I had something solid to report, maybe soon. But the scuttlebutt makes me smile.
Don't get me wrong, I love the Volt. We really thought about buying one. But after almost 10,000 miles in our 5th gen Think EV with absolutely no maintenance, I really don't want to see another car with exhaust pipes, belts, pressurized hoses, alternators, EGR valves, spark plugs, toxic fuels, oil to be changed every few months, catalytic convertors, filters, on and on and on.
"I am free! ...And I am waiting for you to follow me" as The Who said so many years ago.
Well, I am following those people in the photo above, who are in Finland. No, that is not the old factory in Aurskog Norway, nor Elkhart Indiana.
Freedom indeed. On so many levels. From noise. From big oil. From maintenance, that is the big one to me now.