Th!nk’s Future in Norway

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Th!nk City

Updated January 29th

Even though Ford the sale of the Th!nk City to in December 2002 questions remain as to how soon the Norwegian might start hiring workers. Electrifying Times indicate it might be as far as 2005 the assembly plant near will possibly be back in

Inquiries by various interested to Ford and KamKorp have difficult. Few people are willing to Is this sale announcement on getting additional subsidies the Norwegian Govt. Keep back to for further

Electrifying Times continues to and has discovered this so far.

invested $100 million the Norwegian company in 1999, by the need to sell zero-emission (ZEV) in California to meet a mandate which originally 10% of the light-duty vehicles sold by the automakers in the state had to meet ZEV The new modified ZEV rule taking in 2005 only requires 2% of the light-duty fleet meet ZEV (Bummer for the EV industry!)

Ford, in financial trouble and sensing the to focus on HEVs and fuel-cell both build off of electric propulsion systems, decided to Th!nk in August of 2002.

to a subscriber only report by New Fuels Vehicles Online. a pricey biweekly product of Washington Publishers. publishers of the EPA Weekly Report. Kamkorp has letters to individuals involved in car car sharing programs using the stating they want to selling the vehicle in the USA.

1999, 340+ Th!nks imported into the U.S. Norway, before Ford the company, under a special of Transportation dispensation of safety requirements. The waiver has a 3 year frame, at which time the will have to be exported out of the or perhaps even worse, to a junk yard crusher, the ill-fated GM EV1.

Unless steps in with a new generation of City, some of the programs depend on ZEVs could be left without appropriate

Air quality officials in non-attainment that are struggling to reduce to meet EPA air quality goals to ZEVs to help them emissions.

Although the Th!nk was for sale in Europe, the model in to the U.S. had not been designed to U.S. standards. They not put through U.S DOT crash testing.

A Ford official quoted in the Vehicles report said the new of Th!nk City have met all design specifications, contain the airbags and have been crash tested. The new Th!nk could have full DOT within 2 or 3 months of a Kamkorp

Norwegian press reports Kamkorp will keep the Th!nk City body but redesign the drive train, to cost, increase power and once limited to 45 miles in models.

The Department of Energy’s National Engineering and Environment is continuing to conduct a demonstration with the 340 Th!nks currently in the


DOE News Release January 2, 2003


Steve Zollinger,

DOE conducts Urban Vehicle demonstration program

The Department of Energy, through its Vehicle Testing Activity and in with Ford/TH!NK and the New York Authority, is conducting a demonstration of 340 Urban Electric Vehicles in four states.

The goals of the program include:

* Enhancing awareness of Urban EVs

* Defining the Urban EV market and niche

* Enhancing EV infrastructure

* Investigating the sustainability of Urban EVs.

is the largest Urban EV demonstration ever conducted in the United and the 340 Ford/TH!NK city EVs are located in (185), Georgia (15), (40) and New York (100).

The city EV is a two-seater hatchback, a top speed of about 55 mph and a per-charge of about 45 miles. They are driven in urban applications include a military base’s vehicle system, as commuter to and from transit train and as private vehicles.

The TH!NK EV Demonstration Program (TH!NK is a Ford Motor Company will run for a total of three while the Advanced Vehicle Activity collects vehicle-use including miles driven, profiles, operations and maintenance and energy use. The first activities are complete and an annual describing the initial activities is on the Advanced Vehicle Testing web page at

The report extensive marketing efforts by and the New York Power Authority to the introduction of Urban EVs, and it the initial economic sustainability of EVs. As the Demonstration Program petroleum savings and emissions will be analyzed and the economics of Urban EVs will be re-evaluated.

DOE, through its Advanced Testing Activity, conducts Performance, Accelerated Reliability and testing on advanced technology (The Advanced Vehicle Activity is a component of DOE’s of FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies

These elements of the Advanced Testing Activity are managed for the DOE of Energy Efficiency and Renewable from the Idaho National and Environmental Laboratory in Idaho Idaho. For more information on and other testing activities, the Advanced Vehicle Testing Web page at or contact Jim ( 208-526-6787)

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Below January 17th on the ET List at:

from a 27 Dec 02 story by Nina at the Aftenposten English Web Desk


by Berglund

The future remains far assured, but the 100 employees of Think full of holiday cheer in Norway over the New Year as sunk in that a new owner to continue production of Think’s cars. Think’s seller, warned that plenty of lie ahead.

Ingvar Sviggum of Europe (left), local Karin Guldbrandsen and Think director Ingemar Bjoerholt they’d found a buyer for Nordic..

For one thing, Ford Co is still firming up its intention to Think Nordic to KamKorp of Switzerland. No price was disclosed, Ingvar Sviggum of Ford because no final figures been agreed.

Sviggum however, that KamKorp be able to take over all rights tied to production of the along with rights to the Think City.

That Ford, which opted out of car production to focus on hybrid instead, won’t be able to use the name in its own line of environmentally cars.

Sviggum claimed will be better suited to with what he called the scale production at Think’s in Aurskog, northeast of Oslo. All of our are intended for large volume, he newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv.

called the deal with the solution we’ve all been hard for. He added the Think workers have experience and expertise within niche of the car industry.

Bernd head of European business for KamKorp, called the deal a Christmas present for all of us.

Ansgar Gabrielsen, Norway’s minister for business and industry, Ford for managing to find willing to take over the Ford, he noted, had gone to lengths to ensure Think future when the car giant decided to end its engagement.

Gabrielsen his decision earlier this to reject Ford’s requests for direct state aid to Think. we probably never would seen this solution, he

Ford, however, remained of the state’s position, hinting Think’s new owner will to have financial problems the state takes a more role.

If this electric car is to have any future, the authorities have to do more than offer tax exemptions and access to commuter lanes, Sviggum newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv. The he insisted, must ultimately to subsidize the purchase of the little cars if production is to become

KamKorp wasn’t the only buyer interested in taking Think Nordic. Zap of California, bills itself as a pioneer in bicycles and scooters, was among making a bid, and later it to USD 13 million in cash, stock or


Reader response to a shutdown

Several fans of the electric car called Think are at Ford’s decision to pull out of its in the business. Here’s a sampling of reaction:

On August 30th, there was a death that was publicized. The funeral was eulogized by a giant and only a few mourners the ceremony.

There is a problem, and that was the cause of death. It was by the coroner, that it was, in a murder! The guilty party. you and me and our The victim?

The little-publicized Th!nk City Vehicle.

Ford Company had purchased the electric company in 1999 for a mere 23 dollars and invested another 100 or so into the technology. In their release, dated August 2002, Ford Motor stated, . it was pulling the plug on its electric vehicle division due to customer demand and lack of support for the environmentally friendly

Can you imagine that? You and I did not demand an car and the government didn’t support so we are being blamed for the death. At point, I must stand up and ask questions to Ford Motor

My first might be, How many were made available to the on television to market the all-electric I, for one, did not see any. Did anyone see or hear any broadcasted information this car?

With as Ford commercials I have I can actually sing their

The second one might be, You spent 100 dollars on further technology and you up with a car that only 50 miles or so on a charge and would go 50+ miles an hour? I hate to but come on guys! Three one hundred million dollars.

It as though a great opportunity for a production, environmentally-friendly automobile, and actually life-altering to all humanity is now

Am I being overly emotional? Now I say, I for one am not going to take for this death. I am innocent. If was any opportunity to vote, or buy, or see one. I wasn’t given it.

else fall into category?

Another question be, Who was responsible for the death? Well. the few attended the funeral were the giant oil corporations and the automotive They all looked sorrowful and flowers.

Ford Motor did not if anyone asked, Is there I can do?

Th!nk City

I would imagine they did they could to help the Anything less would be

Now for my last question, and this may some thinking. Who is John and where is his motor?

Farewell Th!nk. Sorry to say I never you.

Mark Huff


I saw your article on I drive a Think City in San (5,000 miles trouble-free and I and many others here are by this decision. There are lists for the Think City in

Ford could have every Think City wanted to make.

You will Ford speaks of disappointing but they have sold car they’ve produced. Why did they so few? How do they explain the lists here in California?

it feels like they proven a demand exists for

Think drivers in San Francisco are a demonstration at the local dealer to the demand for the Think City and EVs in and ask Ford to re-Th!nk their

Marc Geller

San Francisco,

I’ve just read article regarding the Th!nk Thanks so much for keeping us up to on what is happening in Norway.

I a Th!nk City from in San Franciso and I would happily buy it if would let me. I drive nearly 50 each day in it, including the freeway. fun to drive and easy to find

I haven’t used my gas car in months.

I that dealers in Los Angeles and San have waiting lists for the as well as San Francisco. These are the cities in California that the car available.

Sometime in the next two we City drivers, and others, be gathering at the San Francisco Ford to protest Fords cancelling production. They claim is no demand while speaking to officials both here in and in Norway, yet people want to buy

They have no stock on There is no advertising. Could be afraid of something? Why would not sell to the people who want

Louis Faas

San Francisco

I leased a GM EV-1 and currently a Ford Th!nk City in Hollywood, California (on the edge of Los The EV-1 was a great car, but the played by GM made me switch to the City. I love the little drive it every day. constantly ask me about the car,

they can get one, etc. is demand.

The difficult process of the GM EV-1 would take too to explain. It was clear from the that they (the GM) was no longer interested in it, in spite of waiting lists.

A similar has now occurred with the Ford City. There is only one dealer in the entire Los Angeles leasing the car, and there was no in the year the car was leased (although advertising was done approximately years ago when Ford Pivco).

It is ridiculous for carmakers to lack of demand when have not tried to properly or sell these cars. the hours of television advertising to SUVs and luxury trucks in the In this country we are bombarded with images of trucks around in beautiful natural These are places real never take their

Instead what we actually see day is people trying to park huge vehicles in small spaces. The hypocrisy of this has stunning.

The real issue and US carmakers are suppressing electric is that they are less not completely unprofitable. If low-polluting cars were to become in the major cities of the US, it is possible 80 percent of daily driving which is under 30 miles, be accomplished with them. It is profitable for a US company to sell a gasoline car than an electric

So the electric is simply not offered, the bigger cars.

For automakers and oil the EV possibility is a nightmare.

Certainly I, and the entire community of EV drivers in Southern California support the City and would like to see its continued.

Ron Fischer


We drive a Th!nk City and it now has 5,000 reliable miles in Northern California. In fact we buy it if it were for sale but it isn’t. and says that there is no That is ridiculous.

We had about 25 at our last meeting of the North San Bay Electric Auto Association, four current Th!nk drivers and a total of seven EVs 2 Th!nk City cars) in attendance. There is a terrific of betrayal over here and we to do anything we can to save the Th!nk

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