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Got A Think Electric Car And Need Warranty Work? Get It Now

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Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011

Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011

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If you're one of the small but loyal band of Think electric car owners in the U.S. and need some warranty work, we suggest you act soon.

Reports on the Think-Tank Facebook page for the car suggest the company hasn't found a buyer, and could be gone for good by the end of this year.

User and former Think employee Lisa Cerdan posted a message on the group's wall, saying that the senior management were unable to secure any investment.

She added that the only two Think employees left were given only three months notice--suggesting the company would shut its doors by the end of 2012.

There has been no word from the remnants of the company to confirm or deny the suggestion, but the consensus among owners is to ensure any work or upgrades are completed by the end of the year.

Lisa does suggest that the company bought in plenty of spares, presumably from external suppliers, so owners should at least be able to get hold of parts in the meantime.

Another user, Frank Smith III, says that there could still be a firmware update on the way, helping improve the car's acceleration, and its ability to hold 70 mph up hills.

We reported back in August that the last few Think City electric cars were being finished off at Think's Indiana plant--staffed by only two people.

Sources at the time said a Russian company had invested in the firm--but since then, the company has gone quiet.

As so often before, we seem to be watching the slow death of an electric automaker.

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Comments (5)
  1. fyi:
    There appears to be at least shop setup to support the Think City as of Nov 19, 2012.

    Hawthorne Auto (located in Oregon) was chosen for Think EV warranty repairs.
    http://www.greenlivingpdx.com/hawthorne-auto-chosen-for-think-ev-warranty-repairs/
     
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  2. Please check your facts before posting comments made on facebook ss gospel on Green Car reports. This article contains errors as it was determined that Think North America was not part of the Think (EMA) shutdown. Those of us in the US are still very well supported by Think North America. The shutdown was for the UK.
     
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  3. Could the Th!nk become the first EV car company wholly owned by its customers?
     
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  4. So you find one comment by a purchasing agent in the UK who was laid off by Electric Mobility Automotive GmbH, and draw conclusions about Think North America without even calling them? They do answer the phone, I spoke with them yesterday.

    Maybe the new four door model is or is not in trouble, but there are still almost ten employees in the US, with money in escrow to cover warranties and parts on hand for the warranty period and beyond. The 400+ Think owners are in the middle of heater upgrades under warranty, with many of us getting house calls.

    There is a list of major suspension and brake components shared with Ford, Peugeot and others in the wiki over at the elbil forums:
    http://elbilforum.no/forum/index.php/board,29.0.html
     
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  5. Green Car Reports, you should, at least, add a disclaimer at the beginning of this report, stating the facts that have been given to you in these comments. The people that come read your story aren't as likely to read the comments, and will come away with an incorrect perception based on what you wrote.
     
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