Think announces expansion of product development facility
30th March, 2010
Scandinavian electric vehicle (EV) maker, Think, has
announced a significant investment in a brand new, state-of-the-art product development facility at its
corporate headquarters in Fornebu, Oslo, Norway.
The company’s 70 strong team of product development engineers and technicians will move into the new
facility at Fornebu. The fully integrated development centre will offer the pioneering Think team
cutting-edge facilities including a dedicated climate chamber, dynamometer, rolling road, clean room
and several prototype laboratories for electrical and hardware development.
The Think development centre will benefit from short communications lines for project leaders from
across the company’s functions, such as supply chain, marketing sales and service and finance – who
will all be located within the same facility for the first time.
Think CEO Richard Canny, said: “This move to our brand new development centre builds upon the
continued strengthening of the pioneering Think EV product development team, with new staff being
recruited right now to continue and enhance the development of our world-class EV drive-train systems,
vehicle control software and EV design. We aim to take on 30 to 50 new staff during the course of the
next twelve months who will focus on the future development of the Think City vehicle.”
The latest generation Think City is a purpose-built, all-electric car designed for urban
environments. It can travel at highway speeds and cover 160 kilometres on a single charge (via any 220V
household outlet), with zero local emissions. It is the world’s first EV to be granted certification
with the European CE conformity mark and EU homologation requirements (M1 certificate). To achieve these
exacting standards, the Think City has successfully completed very thorough testing and validation
European production of the Think City is underway in Finland with manufacturing partner Valmet
Automotive, which also assembles the Boxster and Cayman models for Porsche AG. First customer deliveries
are taking place across Europe in selected key EV markets such as Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway,
Spain, Sweden and Austria.
Think also recently announced plans to establish a U.S. production facility during 2011 in Elkhart