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California Approves Th!nk City EV as Zero-Emission Vehicle

Air Resources Board certification seen as vital of wider fleet sales not only California, but other states that have adapted ARB standards.

Published: 14-Dec-2010

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.

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