Think Global began production of the reborn TH!NK City EV this week outside Oslo, with the first car rolling off the line on 28 November. Trials under Norwegian winter conditions will be conducted before the commercial launch in the first-half of 2008.
In 2008, the factory will reach a full production capacity, equivalent to 3,500 cars per shift. The factory has capacity for double shifts.
With the production start in November, this project is on time and the prototype phase is over. We are building full production cars with all the right components from the right suppliers that have now been through several months of quality testing.—Jan-Olaf Willums, CEO Think Global
Earlier this autumn, Think signed a contract with Porsche Consulting, whose engineers have been working with Think staff to bring Porsche’s experience within “lean manufacturing” into the plant’s layout and parts handling/logistics. The Porsche factory is the most profitable factory in Europe.
In October, Think Global announced that it had selected EnerDel as the supplier of choice for prismatic large format Li-ion batteries that will be used to power its Th!nk City electric vehicle. (Earlier post.)