Norwegian electric car maker Think has settled on building its electric cars in Elkhart, Indiana. The manufacturing facility, once the birthplace of motorhomes, will now build as many as 20,000 Think City vehicle each year. Factory renovations are expected to cost more than $43 million, and production could begin in roughly a year.
“Indiana is quickly becoming an international leader in advanced, clean technology manufacturing,” said Think CEO Richard Canny. “We’re proud to be part of this effort to reinvent and reinvest in U.S. auto manufacturing.”
The Think City will join the Tesla Roadster as the second all-electric car to be highway certified and crash tested. The City seats approximately 4 passengers, and is capable of speeds of up to 65 mph. The City has a maximum range of 130 miles when fully charged.
The car, which was briefly offered in the U.S. during Ford’s brief ownership of the firm, is currently manufactured by Valmet in Finland, next to the Porsche Cayman and Boxster. Only U.S.-spec cars are expected to be built in Indiana.
The City is available in Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden. U.S. distribution will likely begin in the middle of 2011.