THINK has started production of the THINK City electric vehicle at its plant in Elkhart, Indiana. The company, with global headquarters in Oslo, Norway, plans to build 300 THINK City electric cars at the facility by the end of the year.
This is another major milestone for us. We are now manufacturing and selling both in Europe and the US and have produced more than 2,500 THINK City vehicles.—THINK CEO Barry Engle
THINK’s plant in Elkhart is receiving partially assembled vehicles from contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive in Finland, which produces THINK vehicles for the European market. Workers in the US are completing production of the cars, including installing electric drive trains with advanced Lithium-ion batteries from manufacturer Ener1, Inc. in Indianapolis.
THINK will replicate the current production line, tooling facilities and processes used in Finland. This coincides with the company’s plans to scale up production to build 2,500 vehicles for the US market in 2011.