Think Global To Bring Recyclable Electric Car To U.S.

Norwegian automaker plans to sell an electric car that is 95 percent recyclable, goes 110 miles without a charge and costs less than $25,000.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Norwegian automaker plans to sell in the United States an electric car that goes 110 miles (177 kilometers) without a charge and costs less than $25,000 (euro15,725).
The company, Think Global, said Monday that two venture capital firms are funding the U.S. operation. Think North America is likely to be based in Southern California and the cars will be assembled locally, investors said.
They intend to put the first model on the market by the end of 2009.
The car, named Think City, is a two-seater with a top speed of about 65 mph (104 kilometer), the company said. It runs on sodium batteries and is 95 percent recyclable.
It's ''a mass-market vehicle,'' said Ray Lane of venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. ''Our desire is to be selling 30- to 40- to 50,000 of these cars in a couple of years.''
Think Chief Executive Jan-Olaf Willums said test vehicles will be brought to the U.S. in coming months. A convertible model is in development.
Ford Motor Co. owned Think for five years, leasing vehicles in the U.S. before selling the company in 2004.
Only a few major automakers, including Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motor Co., have announced plans to make all-electric cars.
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