THINK, the Scandinavian manufacturer of the electric car of the same name, said Thursday it entered the French market through a partnership created between its division and O2City Mobivia Group, recognized in France through its Norauto or Midas brands.
“We could expect a stronger partner and better equipped to sell the Think City in France,” said Richard Canny, CEO of THINK.
This partnership provides access to potentially Norwegian manufacturer more than 800 retail outlets and service throughout France. But it will certainly allow THINK position itself at the heart of calls for tenders for the delivery of fleets of electric vehicles in France. Indeed, the state and large private accounts and public in February 2009 decided to order 100,000 electric vehicles by late 2012.
O2City also states that it will offer much more than just selling an electric car in France. The company also wants to “offer” packages that include financing, insurance, a charging solution in its stores or at home, maintenance of the vehicle and the after sales service.
The Think City is a 100% electric city car, fully air conditioned and can also ride on the highway through a range of about 160 km in one charge. It is the first electric vehicle to be certified to European compliance, as well as EU approval (certificate M1).
THINK has recently announced its intention to establish a production plant in the United States in 2011, in Elkhart County, Indiana. It also works with a Japanese partner Itochu to develop its operations in Asia.