The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has granted zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) status to the Think City electric, paving the way for the automaker to launch its battery-powered city car in California, the District of Columbia and 12 additional states that have adopted CARB's ZEV requirements. The Think City, which was tested to meet CARB's Type II ZEV Tier requirements, began rolling through the automaker's U.S. production facility in Elkhart, IN at the end of November.
Think spokesperson Brendan Prebo outlined the importance of the City electric gaining CARB's approval, stating:
Think aims to deliver around 220 electric Citys to fleet customers in the U.S. by year's end and hopes to kick off limited retail sales in select cities in the second half of 2011. By late 2012, the automaker plans to have its U.S. production operations going at full steam and will begin selling its battery-powered City to the general public at that time.CARB certification is critical for fleet sales, not just in California, but in the other CARB states as well. These states make up more than 35 percent of the automobile market in the U.S. and represent a significant share of the fleet market.
CARB Approves THINK City Zero-emission Vehicle
DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Air Resources Board has approved the THINK City as a zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV). The approval paves the way for THINK to sell the all-electric THINK City in California, 12 other states and the District of Columbia that have adopted California's ZEV requirements.
"CARB certification is critical for fleet sales, not just in California, but in the other CARB states as well," said THINK spokesperson Brendan Prebo. "These states make up more than 35 percent of the automobile market in the U.S. and represent a significant share of the fleet market."
Designed for fleet applications and urban commuters, the THINK City is durable, highly maneuverable and fun to drive. The THINK City has a range of 100 miles, which meets CARB's Type II ZEV Tier requirements, and uses an advanced lithium-ion battery developed by Ener1.
THINK will begin delivering vehicles to fleet customers soon. THINK plans to roll out retail distribution in select cities in the second half of 2011. The retail distribution timeline coincides with the company's plans to expand production at its Elkhart, Ind. manufacturing facility. The company also builds the THINK City in Finland for sale in Europe, where the car has been highway-certified since 1999.
THINK is the world's leading dedicated electric vehicle manufacturer, developed and proven over 20 years. This heritage gives THINK a head start with nearly 10,000 electric vehicles on the road and more than 35 million miles (56 million kilometers) of customer experience. The THINK City, the first EV to be granted pan–European regulatory safety approval, is sold across Europe, with sales and production in the US and operations being developed in Asia.
THINK is also a leader in electric drive-system technology, and was the first to offer a modular and flexible EV drive-train solution in the business-to-business sector. With its Scandinavian origins and sustainability mindset, THINK is one of the most carbon-efficient car companies in the world.