The Global View

Think electric cars head for the US of A

tyres.jpgKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is a big name in green tech investing. Four big names, in fact, and it just can’t get enough of investing in green companies. It’s decided to get out its great big VC wallet, along with venture capitalist chum Rockport Capital Partners, and share some of the wealth with Norwegian electric car lot Think. Like Eddie Murphy, the joint venture the trio have established is coming to America.

And guess what the joint venture will be called… ready?… Think North America. Sometimes it’s like people aren’t even trying.

According to Think, the motor that they’ll be taking across the pond to the new world – named the City – is the “only crash tested and highway certified electric vehicle”. It looks like California will be Think’s first stab at the north American market.

The first City cars look like they’ll be hitting American shores in 2009, with some trial projects set to debut before then.

Think also has another electric vehicle in its stable – the Ox – a fully electric 4/5 seater that’s scheduled to hit the road some time in 2010 or 2011.