The newest Think City electric car offers 2+2 seating for the first time. And four-seat sales began in Europe earlier this month. The company currently sells its two-seat model to U.S. fleets from its assembly facility in Elkhart, Ind., and it did not say if the car will be added to its U.S. model line. Air conditioning is standard in the newest Think City model.
The car has a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and powertrain coverage of up to five years/75,000 miles. The automaker says the car can travel up to 70 mph and cover 100 miles on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery pack.
Think's Elkhart plant gets partially assembled vehicles from manufacturer Valmet in Finland, which produces Think vehicles for the European market. The two plants are expected to assemble about 2,500 vehicles in 2010. Of that number, 300 will be produced in the Elkhart plant.
Elkhart workers are currently tasked with completing production of the cars including installation of the electric drive train and the lithium-ion batteries.
Indianapolis-based Ener1, Inc. produces the batteries. In 2011, Think's Elkhart plant will replicate the production line, tooling facilities and processes used in Finland. This coincides with the company's forecast to produce 2,500 vehicles for the U.S. market in 2011.