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

    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...

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    Saab, Aptera, Think: Can China, Russia Save Electric Cars?

    Last week, something miraculous happened: after more than a year of being prepped for burial, Saab rose from the dead. Of course, there had been previous attempts to revive the quirky car company -- notably, one led by Chinese investors Pang Da and Youngman (subsequently, a Chinese bank and...

  • Think City assembly plant, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    Indiana Think Electric-Car Plant Stilled, Owners Quiet On Future

    A year ago, we visited the Think electric-car plant in Elkhart, Indiana. At the time, several dozen workers were turning out a trickle of Think City electric vehicles assembled from kits shipped in from Finland--with big plans for ramping up production. That never happened. Instead, last June...

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    Electric-Car Battery Maker Ener1 Files For Bankruptcy, But Isn't Dead

    Last week, lithium-ion battery specialists Ener1 made an official filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Another firm to take advantage of U.S. Department of Energy loans -- an estimated $55 million to date -- Ener1’s bankruptcy has already become the latest pawn in the (mainly Republican) battle...

  • Ener1's Dropping Share Price (17 August)
    Lithium-ion cell maker Ener1 Stock To Be Delisted After Think Collapse

    Ener1 Inc., the battery firm charged with supplying battery packs to the ill-fated Think electric car company and parent company of EnerDel -- a $118.5 million U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantee recipient -- was officially delisted from the Nasdaq stock exchange yesterday after it failed to...

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    Lesson Learned As Salinas Sues Bankrupt Electric Car Maker?

    It's a sad fact of business that many start-up companies fail within the first few years of trading. Electric car fans are quite used to this and even the most promising new companies can struggle. One such company is Green Vehicles, an electric start-up that folded back in July. Green Vehicles had...

  • Ener1's Dropping Share Price (17 August)

    It’s hard enough when two companies part company on good terms, but when one side of the business relationship leaves the other with a total of $105 million in unpaid bills things are going to get a little tough. That’s exactly what has happened to publicly-traded New York-based battery firm Ener1 [NASDAQ:HEV] as it deals with the financial consequences of being both an investor in, and supplier to, bankrupt Norwegian electric automaker Think. Ener1 has been around for many years, developing electric car batteries and alternative fuel solutions for a variety of clients, including...

  • Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    Bankrupt Norwegian Electric-Car Maker Think Gets Russian Owner

    Well, it's official: After its fourth bankruptcy in two decades, the Norwegian electric-car maker Think Global has a new owner. As rumored last week, he's lumber baron Boris G. Zingarevich, of St. Petersburg. Zingarevich also happens to be the largest shareholder in Ener1, the lithium-ion cell...

  • Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    Think Went Thunk: What Does Electric-Car Bankruptcy Teach Us?

    A little more than three weeks ago, Norwegian electric-car maker Think Global declared bankruptcy--for the fourth time, actually. In a pithy piece published a week later, Pike Research analyst Dave Hurst suggested a few lessons that can be learned from Think's latest collapse. The entire article...

  • Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    Think Thunk: Electric Car Maker Goes Bankrupt (Again)

    Making an electric car is a particularly tough business, fraught with financial risk, engineering challenges and tough competition from small-scale and mainstream automakers alike. And in that world, some automakers will succeed in bringing electric cars to market, while others flounder at the...

  • Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    New Management, Structure, Cash For Electric-Car Maker Think?

    Back in January, we toured the Think electric-car assembly facility in Elkhart, Indiana, "the RV capital of the world." We got some striking photos of hundreds of the City electric two-seater cars that Think was gearing up to sell, assembled in the U.S. out of kits shipped from the manufacturing...

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    Tesla Fun For THINK Prices? The EV Mazda Miata Conversion

    If we said you could own an electric car that offered four-fifths the fun of a 2012 Tesla Roadster 2.5 for less than a fifth the price, you might think we'd been illicitly inhaling gasoline fumes on the side. What you might not know is how close we are to the truth, and one that comes in the shape...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt outside Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant

    The 2011 Chevy Volt continues to outsell the 2011 Nissan Leaf, but during March, the Japanese battery electric car at last started to move noticeable numbers of cars--almost five times as many as it sold in February. The two major-manufacturer plug-ins currently on the market sold a total of 906 cars, split between 608 Volts and 298 Leafs. That's up on last month's sales of 281 and 67 respectively. That brings the cumulative totals to 471 Leafs and 1,536 Volts since the first Leaf was delivered last December, followed three days later by the first Volt. Meanwhile, small manufacturer Think, in...

  • Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    Can Think Really Sell Enough $41,000 City Electric Cars In U.S.?

    Electric cars are much on the minds of green buyers these days, despite limited supplies of the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt. But there's also a second tier of suppliers, beyond the major carmakers, that also offers or plans to offer buyers their own plug-in electric vehicles. One such...

  • Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    Electric Car Factory: Think Sets Up Shop In Indiana, RV-Land

    Quick, name the electric cars currently on sale. Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and ... ummmm ... oh, yeah, Smart Electric Drive. Now name the ones built in the States. Hmmmm. Volt, right? Think about it Yes, but you've missed out on one--in both categories. It's the Think City, which is now being...

  • Think City assembly plant, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    Photo Gallery: Think City Assembly Plant Tour, Elkhart, Indiana

    During the Detroit Auto Show in January, we visited the Think electric-car assembly plant in Elkhart, Indiana. It's not necessarily a place you'd expect to find electric cars being put together, but the rows of electric two-seat hatchbacks in blue, red, and black turned out to be surprisingly...

  • Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    2011 Think City Two-Seat Electric Car Faces Third Recall

    Dozens, even hundreds, of different models get recalled each year by their makers to address defects or potential problems. Most pass unnoticed, except to the owners who get letters in the mail asking them to bring their vehicle back to the dealer. But three recalls in as many months isn't a...

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    Even Electric Cars Get Recalled: 2011 Think City Safety Notices

    Recall notices are now a standard part of the automotive landscape. Last year's recall of almost 10 million Toyota and Lexus models only highlighted the fact that most vehicles get called back to dealers for minor upgrades or inspections to fix or avert potential defects. Despite their much smaller...

  • THINK N1 electric delivery van

    Car-derived vans are big business in Europe. Pick a subcompact at random and chances are there will be a light delivery van variant. Usually fitted with economical diesel engines, the small size and high economy suits small businesses down to the ground. Electric delivery vehicles have been available in all shapes and sizes in Europe for some time now, from the tiny Daihatsu Hijet-based Piaggio Porter EV to larger vehicles converted by companies like Smith Electric Vehicles. THINK is the latest company to join the fray with the 2011 THINK City N1, based on the familiar electric city car...

  • Think City electric vehicle
    Electric Car Company Think Starts U.S. Production Of City Minicar

    Think is a Norwegian based manufacturer of electric cars and is the same company behind the original ‘Th!nk’ electric car that went on sale in the U.S. during the late 1990s. Back then Think was owned by Ford, which sold it in 2003 to Swiss company Kamkorp Microelectronics. In 2006...

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    2011 Think City Electric Car Approved For Sale in California

    Add another entry to the growing list of electric vehicles going on sale in the next year or so. Think North America, maker of the two-seat City electric car, announced that its 2011 Think City had been approved as a zero-emission vehicle by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The approval...

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    THINK City World's Best-Selling City EV; 2,500 And Counting

    With the media kerfuffle surrounding the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and anticipation mounting for 2011 Nissan Leaf customers, it's easy to forget that there are other electric cars out there. Even successful ones, it seems. Swedish electric city car maker THINK are more than 20 years old and have just...

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    2012 Think City EVs In Rental Trial At Alpine Holiday Resorts

    If you're lucky enough to be traveling to the Swiss Alps this Summer for a bit of skiing and sightseeing, you might consider hiring a car to enjoy the picturesque villages and winding mountain roads at your own pace. Swiss eco-tourism specialist Alpmobil now has the perfect option for the EV lover...

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    Tomorrow's Hot-Rodders Will Take to Electric Cars, Just Watch

    Headers. Cams. Pistons. Liners. Ports. Carbs. Crankshafts. Filters. Mufflers. Are these all words we'll start to see disappearing from the tuning magazines of the future? Mankind has always wanted to go faster, whether that's in a car, an aircraft, a boat or even on a horse. Tuning is an essential...

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