Just a week after Nissan shipped the Leaf, its first plug-in all electric vehicle to select markets in the U.S. and a couple of days after General Motors shipped the Chevy Volt plug-in electric hybrid, all-electric vehicle manufacturer THINK announced the successful delivery of the THINK City to the State of Indiana.
Like the Leaf, the City's all-electric, zero emission drive range on a full charge is 100 miles. According to THINK, what separates its car from the Leaf is the battery, namely where it is made. The City uses "advanced Lithium-ion batteries manufactured in Indiana by Ener1. Inc.," making it the first electric passenger car with American-made lithium-ion batteries for fleet use.
The State of Indiana says that the Department of Natural Resources will use the 15 vehicles in the state's park system. THINK, which will release the City to select markets in late 2011, forecasts that it will increase the workforce of its Elkhart, IN facility from 25 in 2010 to 415 by the end of 2013.
"THINK found a great place to establish its business in Elkhart, and we're proud to be the first customer," said Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. "We believe that the coming era of electric cars, like the THINK City, will find its home here in Indiana."
Image Credit: THINK
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