Preview of Ford TH!NK EV at D.C. SAE Meeting

The December meeting of the Washington D.C. Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers is a real treat. We will be seeing the Ford TH!NK electric car. The vehicle we will be seeing is one of the first produced, and is one of only 4 or 5 in...

The December meeting of the Washington D.C. Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers is a real treat. We will be seeing the Ford TH!NK electric car. The vehicle we will be seeing is one of the first produced, and is one of only 4 or 5 in the country. This is a rare event to view a vehicle so long before it is available to the market. Our guest speaker is Ford's Director of TH!NK Mobility, Rob Stevens. Mr. Stevens will only be in town for that day, so we are very fortunate to have him at our meeting.

Please note, this meeting was only possible because of the generous contribution made by Ford Motor Company and the tireless work done by Bill King of Ford Motor Company. Without their help none of this would be possible. -- Thank You Ford and Bill!

The TH!NK is 2 passenger electric city car debuted at EVS-15 in Brussels in October 1998 to widespread acclaim from the automotive and environmental press. It is tailor-made for commuting in and around the city while being environmentally friendly, reliable, and economical. The THINK meets all European safety regulations (and is being modified to meet U.S. requirements), is simple and responsive to drive, inexpensive to maintain and service and eye-catching to boot!

The TH!NK has several innovative features including a body constructed of Polyethylene rotomolded into place. An ABS plastic roof. The spaceframe for the TH!NK is a combination of a high-strength steel lower area and a welded aluminum upper. The doors have a plastic skin over an aluminum shell. The battery pack is water-cooled, temperature controlled nickel-cadmium batteries, and has a projected life span of 10 years. The TH!NK design process used extensive computer simulations with CATIA software.

Specifications:

No. of seats 2 Length 118 in Width 63 in Height unladen 61.5 in Curb weight 2070 Lb. Maximum weight 2491 Lb. Luggage storage 12 Cubic Feet Maximum load 253 lb. Top speed 55 mph Acceleration 0-30 km/h 7 sec Range: city cycles 53 Miles

Location: Army Navy Club, 901 17th Street N.W. The Army Navy Club is at Farragut Square. Both Farragut Square West Metro Station and Farragut Square North Metro Station are in sight of the club.

Date: December 1, 1999

Time: Lunch will be served at 12:15

Cost:   Members and Guests: $15.00 
        Students:  $10.00
RSVP:  Kevin Wolford by November 29.  Phone: 202-898-0145; Fax: 202-898-0148; 
email: kevwolford@aol.com   

The Army Navy Club is an exclusive venue formed more than 100 years ago by retired officers of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. More than 80 of its' members have appeared on the cover of Time Magazine.

Gentlemen: Please be advised that the Army Navy Club has a formal dress code requiring you to wear a coat and necktie.

Ladies: please dress with a comparable degree of formality as the gentlemen.

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