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Clean Power THINK delivers first made in the USA electric vehicles to Indiana

Published on December 17th, 2010 | by Tina Casey

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Indiana Gets First Delivery of Made-in-USA THINK Electric Vehicles

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December 17th, 2010 by  

THINK delivers first made in the USA electric vehicles to IndianaThe midsection of the country is being gripped by ferocious winter weather, but that hasn’t stopped Indiana from virtually blooming with alternative energy news. Just yesterday CleanTechnica posted a story about the development of the biggest thin film solar plant in the U.S. in Tipton, Indiana and now the state has become the first in the U.S. to take delivery of new domestically manufactured THINK electric vehicles for its fleet – equipped with made-in-the-U.S.A. batteries, of course.

Clean Electric Vehicles for Indiana Parklands

To ice the green jobs cake even more, the new THINK electric vehicles were manufactured in Elkhart, Indiana. Its lithium ion batteries were also manufactured in Indiana, by the company Ener 1, Inc. The fleet of fifteen cars will be under the purview of the state’s Department of Administration, which has assigned them mainly to the Department of Natural Resources to be used in the state’s parks. Not only are there certain operational logistics that make parklands an ideal proving ground for electric vehicles, but they will also enable visitors to see how super quiet, zero emission vehicles improve the park-going experience.

Electric Vehicles and Project Plug-IN

None of this happened by accident, of course, and Indiana has already begun the planning needed to prepare a reliable, convenient network of plug-in opportunities. The initiative, Project Plug-IN, is a program of the state’s Energy Systems Network, which in turn is a new clean tech initiative of a business group called the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, which aims to make Indiana a “center for energy innovation” that attracts new investment and creates new green jobs across the board in wind, solar, biofuel, smart grid technology and more. That’s pretty ambitious, given the stinkeye that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has cast upon clean energy initiatives but then again, when was the last time a Hoosier backed down from a tough game?

Image: THINK electric vehicle by KF60AK on flickr.com.

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Tina Casey specializes in military and corporate sustainability, advanced technology, emerging materials, biofuels, and water and wastewater issues. Tina’s articles are reposted frequently on Reuters, Scientific American, and many other sites. Views expressed are her own. Follow her on Twitter @TinaMCasey and Google+.



  • Vtology

    I was surprised to see that the curb weight of the new Nissan Leaf all electric car is something like 3300 pounds. The batteries have to be reduced in weight, in the interest of energy efficiency. But reducing the curb weight of cars leads to questions about safety–people would rather guzzle gas if they think their kids are safer in a crash situation. To me the obvious answer is to continue reducing curb weight of vehicles, especially by removing the wheels, transmission, heavy steel underbody support beams, heavy springs and suspension parts, just remove all that stuff completely. Now, if you build the fuselage out of thin but very strong materials such as flexible Aerogel and carbon fiber composites, and use airbag technology for crash protection, you can replace the propulsion system with counterrotating carbon fiber composite or Kevlar propellor units for high efficiency VTOL aircraft. The propellor units can be powered by 10,000 psi air pressure tanks constructed out of carbon fiber composites such as those made by Quantum Technologies, and rotary Wankel air motors such as Angelo Di Pietro’s EngineAir motors made in Australia. Alternatively, with lighter high power density onboard generators such as those made by BlackLight Power, you can power DeSeversky Ionocraft ion propulsion lifter technology for VTOL transportation with no moving parts. We have to stop destroying our ecosystem and wildlife with ever-widening, ever-complexifying networks of roads, bridges, tunnels, etc. The way to save the ecosystem is to use nonpolluting VTOL aircraft, and we could do it with today’s technology, and travel in a very fun, exciting, and silent way.

  • http://wvoutpost.com Wv Treehugger

    Great News for Elkhart! My brother lives in Elkhart he lost his job in 08,they need all the jobs they can get. Best of all they are Green jobs.
    Great post. :)

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