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I guess this Norwegian company is still around. Here's a new article about it in BusinessWeek.

http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/jun2008/id20080616_955452.htm

I was waiting to buy this car back in 2002 when Ford had a partnership with them, but then Ford pulled the plug. I bought my Mustang GT instead.

Here was the old Ford news from 2002.

"The Ford Motor Company said today that it was giving up on Think, an electric-car venture in which it sank $123 million."

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B04E6DE133FF932A0575BC0A9649C8B63

Here's the company link:

http://www.think.no/think/content/view/full/261
 

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Since then, Ford has been working with Smith Electric to develop large electric delivery trucks:

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Ford realized that recharge times made BEV's a bad application for personal transport, but a great application for delivery vehicles and local hauling, as those vehicles tend to sit all night, and only make round trips during the day.

General Electric now supports Th!nk, as well as one of their battery suppliers, A123.
 

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The most amazing thing about the Think approach is the manufacturing business model they use. I never have understood why it takes billions to set up a factory, and here Th!nk can set one up from scratch for $10 million.

It really seems as though the new start-ups are going to displace many of the existing automakers. I just can't see Chrysler succeeding by relabeling Nissan's, in spite of GE's help. Even if GE offered to relabel Th!nk vehicles for Chrysler, much of Chrysler's existing manufacturing base will be closed down. Ford is just standing around demanding a bailout from the government, so don't even bother holding out hope for them.
 
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