THINK, a dedicated electric vehicle maker, delivered 15 vehicles, which were shipped from its manufacturing facility in Elkhart, Ind. These cars are the first electric passenger vehicles with American-made, Lithium-ion batteries used in a U.S. fleet operation, according to the company.
"Our delivery today is part of a larger effort to help transform the U.S. light-duty vehicle fleet from one that is mostly dependent on imported oil, to one that is fueled entirely by domestically produced electric energy," said THINK CEO Barry Engle.
The THINK City model is an all-electric, zero-emission car designed in Scandinavia for fleet applications and urban commuters. It can travel 100 miles on a single charge, using advanced Lithium-ion batteries manufactured in Indiana by Ener1, Inc. The vehicle has accumulated more than 35 million road miles in customer experience since it was first safety certified in Europe in 1999.
Mass deployment of electric vehicles in the state of Indiana is being facilitated by Project Plug-IN, an initiative organized by the Energy Systems Network (ESN). By early 2011, ESN will place 100 or more electric vehicles and supporting charging infrastructure with government and corporate fleets, as well as selected individual commuters, across the Indianapolis metropolitan area.
By the end of 2011, THINK will have more than 100 people in Elkhart building electric cars and more than 415 by the end of 2013. The company also builds the THINK City in Finland for sale in Europe.