With electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers going to great lengths to prove the durability and performance of its products, Scandinavian EV maker, Think, continues its preparations for the forthcoming EV Cup race series, by competing in the E-Miglia 2010; the world's first international EV rally.
With five Think City cars entered, Markus Spiekermann from Team Move About Bosch finished in third position.
The E-Miglia 2010 started in Munich, Germany and ended in Rovereto, Italy. It took four days and 350 miles of carbon-free competitive rally driving.
Featuring no less than five Alpine passes, the E-Miglia offered ample opportunity to utilize the Think City's innovative regenerative braking technology, and in turn maximize battery range against formidable competition from the likes of Tesla, Citroen, Fiat, Tazzari, Smart and Jetcar.
This competitive outing follows Think's recent class victory at this year's Monte Carlo Rally for Alternative Energy Vehicles
"This is, without question, the most gruelling EV rally in the world," said Spiekermann, "we were competing against some serious competitors in a variety of weather conditions and the Think City was more than able to hold its own. Finishing in the top three is a really impressive achievement in a showroom standard EV, particularly against so many high performance rivals."
The latest generation Think City is a purpose-built, all-electric and fully air-conditioned urban car that can cover 100 miles on a single charge (via conventional household outlet), with zero local emissions. It is the world's first EV to be granted certification with the European CE conformity mark and EU homologation requirements (M1 certificate). To achieve these exacting standards, the Think City has successfully completed thorough testing and validation procedures.
European production of the Think City continues in Finland with manufacturing partner Valmet Automotive, which also assembles the Boxster and Cayman models for Porsche AG. Deliveries are taking place across Europe in key EV markets such as The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Austria and Switzerland.
Think also recently announced plans to establish a US production facility in 2011 in Elkhart County, Indiana, and is working with a Japanese partner on developing operations in Asia.