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By Eric Loveday ·
August 30, 2012

Think's Indiana Factory To Soon Close

The two remaining workers at Think's factory in Indiana are working to finish the last dozen or so Think City electric vehicles. The site will soon close, dashing hopes that Indiana will become a production capital for electric cars.

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By Eric Loveday ·
November 04, 2011

Struggling Ener1 Delisted by NASDAQ

Since the declaration of bankruptcy by Think Global in June of 2011, lithium-ion battery manufacturer Ener1 has struggled to stay afloat. Ener1 was recently delisted by NASDAQ and seems to be drifting towards bankruptcy.

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By Dave Hurst ·
July 01, 2011

The Bigger Implications from the Think Bankruptcy

There has been a lot of press on the Think bankruptcy and Ener1’s losses. Think NA claims to be able to survive the bankruptcy (and since the company that has been through bankruptcy four times, they might know a thing or two about surviving it). However, I am skeptical. So, the question many are asking is whether this spells a broader trend in the plug-in vehicle world. In my opinion, there are definitely lessons to be learned from Think.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
June 26, 2011

Five Lessons from the Big EV Rollout

Electric cars are on the road now, not future technology at long last. Even in the first few months, it's possible to see some emerging truths, and definite trends.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 24, 2011

Uncle Sam Will Become Nation’s Top Electric Car Owner

The Obama administration will announce today it will buy 116 plug-in vehicles, including 101 Chevrolet Volts, 10 Nissan LEAFs vehicles, and five Think City electric commuter cars, according to Detroit News. It will also install charging stations in government buildings in five cities. The 116 plug-ins are a drop in the bucket for the GSA, which acquires about 65,000 news vehicles a year, and oversees a fleet of 600,000 vehicles.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 12, 2011

Ener1 Takes $73 Million Loss on Think Investment, Returns Shares

Battery-maker Ener1 announced that it is returning its stake in Think, and will write off a $73 million loss on the investment it made in the Nowegian EV-maker back in 2007. In a conference call this week, Ener1 CEO Charles Gassenheimer told the public that his company had been disappointed by Think's inability to raise further capital, and by the slow pace of the plug-in vehicle market. We're investigating what the latest news could mean for roll-out of the Think City in the United States.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 25, 2011

Think Quietly Sets Price of City Electric Car at $41,695 (Update)

In November, I received word from Think’s top marketing executive that the price of the Think City two-seat electric car was “just below $34,000 before incentives.” That’s why my jaw dropped yesterday when I learned from Greg Artisan—a three-year Think veteran with responsibilities for sales, service and execution—that the official price was quietly announced late last year at $41,695. That figure is temporary, until a final and yet undetermined price is set.

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By Nick Chambers ·
January 18, 2011

Former Star of Anti-Electric Car TV Show Becomes EV Racer

As much as many electric car supporters love the British humor of the wildly popular automotive show, Top Gear, the show never seems to miss an opportunity to make electric cars look bad. Now one of its former stars, Ben Collins (known as "The Stig" when he was on the show), is making waves by becoming an enthusiastic EV supporter and joining the fray as one of the world's first EV Cup race drivers.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 14, 2011

Think City Will Serve as Racing Car for New Electric Racing Series

The EV Cup, the world’s first circuit race series exclusively featuring zero-emission electric vehicles, unveiled plans yesterday for the launch of its inaugural 2011 season. The seven-race series has two main classes of vehicle—one of which will put drivers behind the wheel of Think City electric cars, souped-up for racing. The standard Think two-seater EV has a top speed of 70 miles per hour, and a range of 100 miles per full charge.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 16, 2010

Interview: Think CEO Reflects on First U.S. Electric Car Deliveries

December is EV delivery month. In the past week, keys to the first Volts and LEAFs were handed to private customers. Meanwhile in Indiana, the electric car company known as Think today delivered its first small all-electric cars to the state’s park system. Shortly after the ceremony, I spoke with Barry Engle, CEO of Think. He was most passionate about the role that Think could have on the state and national economy. “I think there’s an opportunity for American manufacturers to reassert ourselves and be at the forefront of electric vehicle production,” Engle said.

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