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Are you ready for Think's so-called "significant announcement?" Ready or not, here it is:
Think, the world's leading dedicated electric vehicle manufacturer, announced that it was awarded a contract to supply pure electric, zero-emission vehicles to the federal government. With a contract in hand from the U.S. General Services Administration, Think is now open for business to the thousands of federal agencies that purchase or lease vehicles through the GSA each year.
That announcement sort of squashes rumors that Think either landed a major investor, would make management changes, revise its production goals or even ink out a joint venture.

Lizabeth Ardisana, Think's director of sales, says that:
If you want to sell vehicles to fleets, it's imperative to be on the GSA contract. This is a game-changing contract for Think.
Let us hope that this game-changing contract guides Think through the choppy waters that it may encounter in the months that lie ahead. Hat tip to Mart!

[Source: Think]
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GSA AWARDS THINK CONTRACT FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

THINK™, the world's leading dedicated electric vehicle manufacturer, announced today that it was awarded a contract to supply pure electric, zero-emission vehicles to the federal government. With a contract in hand from the U.S. General Services Administration, THINK is now open for business to the thousands of federal agencies that purchase or lease vehicles through the GSA each year.

May 26, 2011

The THINK City is the perfect vehicle for government fleet customers. With an enclosed climate-controlled cabin and a highway-capable top speed, the THINK City is a superior alternative to the thousands of low-speed electric vehicles that are leased by the military each year for use on bases and facilities. The electric car's low operating costs and 100-mile range also make it a good replacement for small cars that are part of the GSA's 200,000 vehicle leased fleet.

"The federal government is the largest purchaser of vehicles in the U.S.," said Lizabeth Ardisana, THINK director of sales, service and distribution. "If you want to sell vehicles to fleets, it's imperative to be on the GSA contract. This is a game changing contract for THINK."

Government involvement is critical to support and sustain the growing U.S. EV industry where major auto manufacturers have reported low sales and new manufacturers have delayed or cancelled product introductions.

"Today's announcement moves us one step closer to President Obama's goal of putting one million electric vehicles on the road in America by 2015," said Ardisana.

The next logical step in a policy designed to reduce America's reliance on imported petroleum by one-third and increase U.S. jobs is direct government purchases of electric vehicles. It follows loans and grants to manufacturers to support the commercialization of EV technology and grants made to cities to invest in electric vehicles and related charging infrastructure.

THINK, which delivered the first electric vehicles powered by American made advanced lithium-ion batteries to the State of Indiana last year, is pursuing a fleet-first approach to sales, service and market development. With predictable driving routes and centralized recharging and service, fleets are a natural fit for electric vehicles. Fleet operators see lower overall operating and maintenance costs and stable fuel costs as electric vehicle advantages. The THINK City also does not emit any carbon dioxide or other gases while in use – ideal for agencies that are trying to reach emission reduction targets set by the Administration.

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      Nick
      • 1 Month Ago
      Why would the govt buy the Think? There's the Leaf that's cheaper and larger.....I believe that the govt has guidelines to determine the most financially efffective purchases (though we know how much that's respected..). Right?
        Swifty
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Nick
        The GSA is also buying Leafs and Volts to lease out to Fed agencies. The volume is low right now, but will increase as production of those two vehicles increases as well.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 1 Month Ago
      I'm afraid they will be dead by dawn. it's a tough sell against a Leaf even if you imagine US gov agencies buying anything smaller than a barge.
      Ben Crockett
      • 1 Month Ago
      It maybe just what they need to keep them going. Without fleet / government sales they will likely continue to stuggle against the better equiped Nissan Leaf.
      fairfireman21
      • 1 Month Ago
      I am so sic of them calling them zero-emission cars. What about all the polutants spewed forth from the coal power plants, or that pumped out from the transporting of them, or the garb from building of them.
        David
        • 1 Month Ago
        @fairfireman21
        Exactly what Sealtest said. If you want to talk about the supply chain of electricity to an EV, you have to consider the same for an ICE. Additionally, we can factor in the refining and extraction processes for the oil that fuels ICEs on top of the transportation of the fuel itself
          fairfireman21
          • 1 Month Ago
          @David
          That is so very true, but you can buy a high mpg gas car for $25-40 K less than an ev. At which with the ICE you still have unlimited range.
        SealtestDark
        • 1 Month Ago
        @fairfireman21
        All vehicles have a well to wheel efficiency and environmental footprint. That is what you are focusing on here. The car itself emits no greenhouse gases from its propulsion system. If you are going to follow the electric lines back to their power source then you should at least take into account the supply chain that brings gas or diesel to your local pump. Even a dirty coal power plant will have a smaller footprint than oil from the Tar Sands. Also don't forget that some parts of North America get the majority of their power from Hydro-electric and other cleaner sources. Therefore your coal power plant argument is regional and should not be used for all electric vehicles.
      Nick
      • 1 Month Ago
      This might allow them to get credit easier. Can someone confirm?
      markkiernan
      • 1 Month Ago
      @Fireman, A normal ICE burns about 40 percent of its fuel on heat, while an EV has about 95 percent efficiency. (someone please correct me if I am wrong). Then you have to consider the energy to transport the fuel all the way to the local gas station, etc. Compare this with electric coming to your home. Also Nissan have build solar arrays at many of their factories which provide a lot of the energy for the car production. They also tend to use more recyclable materials in their electric cars.
        Neil Blanchard
        • 1 Month Ago
        @markkiernan
        A typical ICE is about 25%-35% efficient, so 65-75% of the fuel is wasted as heat. And this is after the engine is warmed up -- it probably wastes 85-90% of the fuel before it is warmed up, and during stop and go traffic. Neil
        fairfireman21
        • 1 Month Ago
        @markkiernan
        Electric motors convert 75% of the chemical energy from the batteries to power the wheels.
      Jim McL
      • 1 Month Ago
      Th!nk USA needs to get over their hesitancy about local service and start selling to individuals too. They have the most mature EV out there, and service is a minor issue for mature EVs. They can contract service out to dealers of other brands that have training in high voltage systems, which is basically any one who is trained to work on hybrids. Get with it and start selling nationally, this is a great car. We have 600 miles on ours in a few weeks.
        Marco Polo
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Jim McL
        Jim, I glad you love your car. Also well done for doing something most people on this forum haven't done, bought an EV. Well done! Problem is, Th!nk has been superseded by superior new models from bigger and better established manufacturers. Th!nk has been left behind. It should already have an updated model entering the market place, not struggling just to survive.
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