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Norwegian electric vehicle builder Think has finally launched production of the lithium-ion battery version of its City EV. The 22 kilowatt-hour battery pack is being supplied by Indiana-based Enerdel which owns an equity stake in Think. Enerdel is now in full volume production of the new battery pack which, should allow Think to ramp up vehicle production and expand into continental Europe and then the United States later this year.
The lithium ion version of the City EV has a range of about 100 miles and supports fast charging to 80 percent of capacity in 15 minutes. The Think City EV is currently being built under contract by Valmet Automotive in Finland. Valmet will also be assembling the Fisker Karma starting early next year. Think also plans to add U.S. production of the City EV sometime in 2011.
As the first wave of customer deliveries of the Think City electric vehicle (EV) continue throughout selected European markets, the company has decided to expand its reach by delivering three City EVs to South America, the company’s first foray to that continent. The City EVs were delivered to Brazilian electricity provider CPFL Energia S.A., which will incorporate the urban EVs into its fleet as a way to show its commitment to going green. As CPFL Energia CEO Wilson Ferreira remarked:
Sustainable mobility is fast working its way up the political and environmental agendas here in Brazil, and CPFL wants to be at the forefront of this movement.
CPFL Energia is one of the largest energy providers in Brazil, with revenues of $6 billion last year and more than 6.6 million customers. You’re probably thinking the same thing that we are: How can three EVs have any impact on the fuel consumption of a fleet that obviously includes thousands of vehicles? Truth is, their impact will go virtually unnoticed, but all of these green-fleet projects have to start somewhere, right? Follow the jump for more info about Think’s foray into the South American market.