Tour The Alps in 2011 By Think Electric Car
OSLO, Norway – Thanks to a new partnership between Scandinavian electric vehicle (EV) maker THINK, its Swiss distribution partner M-Way, and eco-tourism pioneer Alpmobil, U.S. vacationers planning a trip to the Swiss Alps during the summer months of 2011, can take advantage of a totally carbon-neutral mode of transportation during their visits.
Following a successful initial trial phase in 2010, a fleet of 60 THINK City EVs will be made available in the Goms and Haslital region of the Swiss Alps, for hire through 30 hotels, resorts and other touristic hot spots in the area.
Alpmobil will market the service through its website and its resorts in the region, and the EVs will be available for hire at a special rate of some €45.00 per day for Alpmobil customers.
“This program fits perfectly with Alpmobil’s philosophy, and we are proud to have made a start and to show both the public and other resorts in sensitive regions that driving ecologically and without noise pollution is possible, affordable and fun,” said Dionys Hallenbarter from Alpmobil.
EV charging is made accessible throughout the region thanks to more than 20 battery charging points that have been installed in the area – powered by renewable hydroelectric generated electricity derived from local mountain waters, reservoirs and dams.
THINK has been a unique innovator in pure electric vehicle and power-train technology for nearly 20 years, positioning the company as a world-leader in producing cars on a dedicated electric platform. The City can maintain speeds of 70 miles per hour and travel up to 100 miles on a single charge.
The THINK City model is currently in its second production version. A third version is scheduled to be produced in the U.S. and come on the market in late 2012.
“Eco-tourism is a major new part of the world’s sustainable revolution and through projects like this we hope to lead the way in delivering clever but simple solutions to travelling eco-consciously,” said Michael Lock, Chief Marketing Officer of THINK. “Travelling with the THINK City offers vacationers a 100% carbon-free way to explore the beautiful and unspoilt valleys, mountains and pass roads in the region of Goms and Haslital.”
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