Ford Announces Return of Th!nk Vehicles to Norway

September 15, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

Ford Motor Co. (Dearborn, MI) announced that it will import up to 300 three-year-old TH!NK city battery-electric vehicles from the US and various European countries for exclusive resale in Norway. The decision comes as a result of a direct appeal from the Norwegian Minister of Transport to recycle the vehicles in that country.

The vehicles have been part of a three-year prototype fleet evaluation and must, by law, be removed from service at the end of their leases. They were originally scheduled for dismantling. Ford has received a generous offer from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Shipping Line to ship the vehicles back to Europe for free. The offer helped Ford reduce the financial and technical obstacles that have until now prevented the return of these cars to the Norwegian market.