New Zealand to Get Its First Blade Electric Vehicle

Blade Electric Vehicles will set up a production facility in New Zealand based on projected sales of 200 vehicles a year.

Published: 30-Sep-2008

The country's first private electric car will be plugged into the power grid within six weeks.

Hyundai has announced it will be the first car manufacturer to sell new electric cars in New Zealand, and it has already sold one vehicle.

The unidentified owner takes possession in November.


Ray Lane, managing partner of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byers, which has invested in Think, believes Think could eventually sell as many as 30,000 to 50,000 City cars a year.

The production electric vehicle to be introduced in 2010 will have a unique bodystyle and is not based on any existing Nissan model, unlike the technology 'mule' pictured above.

The 100-mile range electric car has been operating with Japanese power companies for the last two years.


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