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Google May Support A Small Electric Car

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Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have tossed quite a bit of money at Tesla Motors, but they did so as private individuals.  Now there’s word that Google itself could get behind another automotive effort.

Don’t get too excited; the focus of these rumors, a vehicle dubbed the Think, is nowhere near as sexy as the Tesla Roadster, and as admitted by the Think’s official website, its top speed is under 65 mph.  The Think is not, by any stretch of the imagination, an electric Ferrari.  It’s not even an electric Hyundai.  But the Think would fall in line with the sort of environmentally sound thinking that Google supports.

According to Pandia, Dean Kamen (of Segway sorta-fame) “would like to use the Th!nk as a mobile generator that can draw energy from the power grid when needed and send electricity back during periods of peak demand . . .”

Now, nothing’s decided yet, but “[f]or that to happen he needs a partner that can handle large amounts of data over global networks.  The most obvious choice for that kind work is, of course, Google.”  And Google actually had the Think people over for a little sit-down.

I can’t get too excited about this little vehicle, but, even as a car guy, I’ve got no objections to seeing it enter the market.  I’d even be interested in seeing Google support the Think – that could bring those electric Ferraris here all the sooner.

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  • http://www.planetlink.com Steve Lillo

    I was one of the lucky few who had a previous model Th!nk City in California. I had a 30 month lease and was very sorry to see it go. (I have to wonder whether or not Ford is kicking themselves now…) Is it a sports car? No – it’s a great general purpose car that doesn’t pollute the environment. We charged ours from the solar panels on the roof of our house – and I didn’t need to charge it everyday. Even if you don’t charge an electric car with clean electricity, it’s still responsible for less pollution than a gas car. I drove it on the freeway and it was fine, although on the slow side. It cost pennies a mile to drive and had almost zero maintenance. I’m looking forward to the new cars and my name is already on the waiting list. The new model will have more range and a higher top speed. Those were the main short comings of the previous model.

    Steve Lillo
    former (and future) Th!nk City driver

    • mike haverty

      Steve, I’ve been researching the Think car and love the idea. I just bought a Chevy Aveo to reduce my emmissions and raise my MPG……..do you have any pictures of the Think ?   There are very few on the internet………….any new info would be great as I want to go electric in the worst way………..

                                                                           thanks mike haverty in michigan……..

  • Mark

    It’s a great news for Co’s like ZAP when they see Google supporting their cause !

  • Amir kara fallah

    To make electric-car elecric-truck can walk around world with no stop‏

     

     

     

                                                                                           HELLO

     I have invention record[since/25/7/2000/ register N.5865/in syria] of electrical system install in electric-car its load 1 ton and we try to make the load greater.the invention supplies the electric-car with its need of electricity permanently day and night during parking and driving .by using this system ,could produced friendly environment electrical-cars [with the same specifications of the using cars now]free from exhaust gas and not need oil or fuel there is no need to stop car for battery recharging[recharge battery automatical].this system can be used in the production of electric generators with different power .we ready to agreement with you ,and to execute invention  in my laboratories. because I have not enough money.The invention depend on electro-magnetic capacity addition moment of inertia [two parts{ mechanical part} ,{electrical part}]

    the invention consist of new electric – charger[my design ] and two groups of batteries.

    batteries.group / A / batteries. group / B /

    how it work ( general view ) ?

    when / A /battery group supply the electric engine of car by the electric .

    in the same time the / B / in charging . when / A / be empty , the / B / will be supplying the electric engine of car by the electric , and / A / in charging.

    the employ materials [iron,copper,plastic] my purpose from these invention to make the air is clean ,[in other apply possible use it to provide the factories by its electric[ use it in the stationary case easier than the mobile case] if we execute the invention possible say good-by smoke and pollution, possible you sent watcher to see and finance,

    to explain the invention we need to long meeting because it not easy. unable to explain it by writing in any way we use in it the gravity law ,the electro-magnetic capacity ,moment of inertia ,levers laws ,we consume the electric power and gravity power to produce electric quantity more than consumed electric power and we consume all the used gravity power ,as you know the gravity power is free I can not explain more.  transport price possibly become
     approximately free may use it in the ship
    designer

    ENG.Amir kara fallah-syria