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Ford Announces Return of Vehicles to Norway

Posted: Sep 16, – 12:00 AM EST

Ford announced it import up to 300 three-year-old TH!NK battery electric vehicles the U.S. and various European for exclusive resale in Norway.

The comes as a result of a direct from the Norwegian Minister of to recycle the vehicles in that The vehicles have been of a three-year prototype fleet and must, by law, be removed service at the end of their leases. were originally scheduled for


Ford has received a generous from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Line to ship the vehicles to Europe for free. The offer Ford reduce the financial and obstacles that have now prevented the return of these to the Norwegian market.

OSLO — In a joint conference with Norwegian of Transport Torill Skogsholm, announced today that it import up to 300 three-year-old Th!nk battery electric vehicles the U.S. and various European for exclusive resale in Norway. The will begin to arrive in by the end of the year, and those that can be to an acceptable standard will be through selected Norwegian dealers.

Produced by Th!nk in Aurskog, Norway, then by Ford Motor Company, the City cars have part of a three-year prototype fleet in the hands of lease mainly in California, since

The cars had originally been for dismantling in the United States, due to a U.S. government requirement to these prototypes from after their 36 month expired.

In response to a direct by Minister Skogsholm and with the offer of cost-free shipping by Wilhelmsen, the global shipping and company, Ford has been to reduce the financial and technical that have until now the return of these cars to the market.

This small of unique cars has really people’s imagination, said Sviggum, vice president of at Ford of Europe. We’re that with the help of Skogsholm, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, and of Ford employees worldwide who enthusiastically thrown themselves this project, we’ve a financially viable way to offer special cars in Norway maintaining our top priority on product and customer satisfaction, he said.

Nils P. Dyvik, Chief Officer, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, We are engaged in a number of environmental to work towards a cleaner landscape for tomorrow. Ford is a valued major global of ours and we are delighted to work in with Ford to work that goal.

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Upon delivery by Wallenius to Norway, the cars’ battery power plant and safety will be thoroughly inspected by engineers from the Aachen Center in Aachen, Germany. that are deemed acceptable for will be re-conditioned, to include the charge port to meet the electric current structure and the onboard instrument cluster.

pricing of the cars will on the level of rework required to the cars acceptable for re-sale.

should be aware that are used cars, and there is much we do not know about how cars and their unique trains will hold up. the interest in these unique in Norway is so high that committed to doing everything we can to this program work, Mr. Sviggum.

In the late 1990s, Ford was the major automotive company to in a unique brand — — dedicated to the research, production and sale of zero-emission electric vehicles. With the of the Norwegian government, Ford a Th!nk production facility in where the first generation City vehicles were

However, the limited range, and payload of the cars restricted appeal in the mass market, and in Ford elected to focus its and investment on more promising technologies for reducing — and eliminating — vehicle including hybrids, alternative hydrogen based internal engines and fuel cells. sold Th!nk Nordic to in January 2003.

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