Think Electric Car test drive
The Think City Electric Car test drive was very fun, this is a small and
affordable car that will be available for sale in the US in the next few
months and we really look forward to it.
The fully charged car goes as far as 100 miles and it's a perfect weekday
car to go to work and drive around the city. The car was brought from
Michigan to California for a special event and we were lucky enough to
drive it. The Think City electric vehicle looks small from the outside but
is fairly large and tall on the inside, I felt really safe driving it. It's
a little noisy inside but nothing bad. The maximum speed is around 70 miles
per hour (112 Km) and they didn't want to tell me how much it would cost
but I have my guesses ($10,000 to 15,000) since, well, it's made out of
plastic. Another benefit of the body is that it wouldn't get scratched. The
car comes with a radio and has an option for a GPS, two things I definitely
need! Other interesting facts are that the battery lasts 100,000 miles or a
minimum of ten years, something other cars won't live to see! Lastly, the
first maintenance check is at 40,000 miles.
Think EV is a Scandinavian company that calls themselves "one of the most
carbon efficient car companies in the world". I just took a look at their
new Think City design and I like it much better than this one we test
drove. I hope we'll be able to see them take over the roads of major US
cities and our very own garages! What could be better than never going to a
gas station, never having to change the oil and never having to change the
filter again?! I also discovered that this car has only five moving parts
versus a conventional car that usually has hundreds of moving parts, making
it much harder to break and easier to find out a problem when it arises.
With gas prices skyrocketing (will it ever end?) it makes me even more
excited to drive cars such as Think City. Of course it can't be as fun as
the Tesla but it's an amazing automobile. Check out our Tesla Test Drive
ELECTRIC CAR - Part 1
It isn't really a complicated process to do an electric car conversion, but
you will need to obtain certain specialized parts.
You will need: an electric motor, deep cycle batteries, a controller, a
battery charger, an adaptor kit, and various other small parts.
But first, you are going to need a vehicle that you can do your electric
car conversion with. Any vehicle can be used for this project, but some
work better than others.
Heading the list are small cars and trucks, as they are light and strong.
Your first consideration as shown in the detailed plans is to find the
lightest vehicle that will still do the job of hauling you and whatever
cargo you carry around.
Next, you will want a large DC motor that will produce power for your
electric car. The larger the motor, the more power your electric car will
Don't worry that it will be slow either. Many people have the wrong
impression of electric cars; they accelerate as fast as any vehicle on the
road and travel at least 50 mph.
What about batteries?
You will need to locate about 16-20 deep cycle batteries for your car as
well. The plans outline sources of batteries, even free batteries that you
can find with a little effort. The same source will probably have free DC
It's just a matter of asking.
Why do you need this many batteries? In order to achieve a range of up to
100 miles on a single charge.
A controller is needed to fix the amount of current flowing from the
batteries to the motor which determines how fast you go. The controller is
connected to your old gas pedal linkage for smooth control of the vehicle.
In order to charge your batteries between trips, you will need an on-board
battery charger. That way you can just plug it into any common AC circuit
and get charged up again.
Doesn't this sound like fun?
Isn't it time you got started on your own conversion project?
Behind the scenes of building an electric car - The journey
Follow us on a journey of the successes and dissapointments that were
Team Swinburne Electric 2010, AKA tse_10, was the first year a group of
Swinburne engineering students endevoured to develop and build an Electric
Vehicle for the Formula SAE competition. The team hit trouble when they
blew up their motor controller, just over a week before the competition.
The team then borrowed another motor controller which also ended up
blowing. The team then borrowed ANOTHER motor controller, to which they had
some success, until the night before the competition, when it also blew up.
In total the team blew up 3x $4,000 controllers, 6 times (after repairs).
It is thought that the motor is faulty and is causing the issues.
Final Year Members:
Non Final Year Members:
Jacob Vu Tran
ATA and MEVIG
Warning: Although edited, this is behind the scenes footage and may contain
some course language and/or offensive behaviour.
New Electric Cars Are Better
Just showing off some of the cool new electric cars and putting to rest
some of the myths out there. When people think of electric cars, typically
they think of older ugly slower models, lead-acid batterys, and BS
propaganda they've read slamming the "electric cars"(as though they all
carried the exact same attributes)
The battery technology has changed(and will change even more when nanowire
battery becomes common), the speeds have changed, the climate versatility
has changed, the prices are changing, the car companies are changing...
everything is changing for the better. I expect to see a lot more support
for EV's during and after 2010.
Music, San Francisco, by:
Teenager Builds Electric Car - $.02 a mile to operate!
Tyler Griffin reports on a 19 year-old who decided to build an electric car
to save money on parking and gas at his high school. Mark King is the young
inventor behind the electric car which only costs two cents a mile to
HD: Test/Review of the Think City electric car / EV
Watch ElectricAid.org take the Think City out for an extensive and
entertaining test drive. Over a period of three days, this electric car was
pushed to its limits in endeavors such as mountain climbing and drag racing
Arne Christian Skjævland
Tryad : Struttin´
Silence : Cellule
Blue Orange : Murder in a Garden
Loupland : Runner Joe
This is Norway. This rather small country with its renowned natural
scenery, is populated by a fascinating but contradictory people. They're
pretty modest and likes to mind their own business, but at the same time
there is nothing they can't do based simply on the fact that they are
Norwegian. They were the first to reach the South Pole and the American
continent. They can beat Brazil 4-0 in soccer, rule the Winter Olympics and
get 99% of their power from hydroelectric dams. So if you where to tell
them that you can't run a car on water, they would probably say: Well that
depends on how you look at it...
It can do a 110 miles on one charge. Its highway approved, has a top speed
of 65 mph. Best of all, this is not even a prototype, It's here.
The Think City is an all electric suburb-to-city car that has it where it
counts. Its Scandinavian design is minimal, but comfortable. It packs a lot
of space for the city dweller. It's easy to maneuver and above all: its
fun. We took the City for an extensive 3-day test drive and it surprised us
a lot. But first things first:
Trying to turn it on... Lights blinking all around, yeah! Aaand, I think it
is on, handbrake is of, aand Yes, rolling! Fast yeah! It works like a
charm. We can make quick turns without problems, its excellent.
Photographer: Pretty aggressive, ey?
Driver: It does not have a servo, but it has a very low radius in "the
swing" so you dont have to push it far to get around corners. Its just
like, whoo, and were around.
Photographer: Its not called "swing" its called ehm
Driver: Its not called a swing?
Photographer: Its called turning
Driver: Turning! Turning this car is quite easy
Driver: Its not like an automatic, because it doesnt have any gears, but
you put it in "D" and push the acceleration Pedal, and it goes like hell.
So acceleration is very smooth and all the way good.
Driver: Being a small vehicle you would expect the space to be small and
crummy, but as you can see, me being 1.85 meters tall I still have room for
my head. I can jump around. In the back we have excellent place. The trunk
is very big. We have actually been able to carry our whole film set during
Photographer: Is it possible to have sex in this car?
Driver: It is very possible to have sex in this car, if you would like to
do so, but being that all the walls are filled with windows, creating a
nice view and also creating a very open atmosphere, you will be spotted.
But the space is here, so do whatever you want to do.
Driver: Considering safety in a car that is this small you would think: If
I crash I will die, but consider this: You could actually drive quite fast
into something quite big and hard and come out walking..
Narrator: Ok so the car is named the City. So you would expect it to
perform excellently in city driving conditions. But what if you had to
satisfy the Norwegians lust for freezingtemperatures combined with high
altitudes? On the doorsteps of Oslo and around 300 meters up, lies Tryvann,
a ski resort that is heavily visited by the people of Oslo during the
winter months. If we could make it up there and make it fast, we could be
there just in time for sunset.
We quickly realized how little hassle it was to get up the hill. Our mighty
challenge was reduced to a tourist sightseeing trip. The driver became so
sure of himself, he even tried to overtake the film car. Moments later we
made it to the top. And although the task in the end was extremely easy we
felt like conquerors of old. We got ourselves a nice cup of hot chocolate
and reflected on the days events. This would have been the perfect spot to
contemplate on how to get rid of the city smog below us, except for the
fact that we could not see it because of the fog. So with that in mind we
called it a day and went to bed, curious on what the next day would bring.
The next day it was of to the drag racing track, RaceWay Oslo. Its over a
kilometer long and is located right next to Oslo Airport, and we could
think of no other place to push the Think to its limits. But since its the
weekend and the track is not serviced, its covered with a lethal mixture of
snow and ice. When they saw the track, our camera crew went on immediate
strike, in fear of their own lives. But the madness of our driver knows no
limits and he was determined to take it for a spin nonetheless.
New generation light weight batteries for electric vehicles
The new efficient battery packs from Lithium House for electric vehicles.
10 times lighter.
I wrote about my opinions on Electric vehicles.
See that at
make sure you leave comment there.
Norwegian Company Launches THINK Electric Car in No. America
TH!NK electric car is an environmental vehicle, emission free and 95
recyclable. It reaches a top speed of 100 km (65 miles) per hour and can
drive up to 180 km (110 miles) on a single charge. TH!NK city meets all
European and US federal motor vehicle safety requirements. Visit
TheAutoChannel.com for more information.