Indiana Government Acquires Think EVs

Leading electric car-maker THINK has been building THINK City cars in Elkhart, Indiana, and now, the state of Indiana will feature 15 of these models in its government fleet. These recently-delivered vehicles are said to be the first electric passenger vehicles with American-made, lithium-ion batteries to join a US fleet operation.

The THINK City car is a zero-emission electric vehicle designed in Scandinavia specifically for urban commuters and fleet operations–the latter of which, according to THINK, is a natural platform for all-electric vehicles, due to defined travel routes and centralized recharging locations. The THINK City can travel 100 miles on a single charge, using advanced lithium-ion batteries manufactured in the state of Indiana at a factory operated by Ener1, Inc.  The vehicle has been vetted by more than 35 million customer road miles in Europe since it was introduced in 1999.

THINK City car presentation, Indiana

image via THINK

The presentation of these 15 vehicles took place on December 16th at Fort Harrison State Park outside of Indianapolis with Governor Mitch Daniels in attendance, who said, in a statement, “THINK found a great place to establish its business in Elkhart, and we’re proud to be the first customer.” He went on to note that he expects to see more electric cars manufactured in Indiana in the future. The THINK City cars will be used principally by the Department of Natural Resources in the state’s park system.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.