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PHOTO CAPTION: Elkhart plant for Think sits silent awaiting decision by Russian investor.

Elkhart Electric Car Bet Goes Bust

Russian investor who recently purchased Think's bankrupt parent in Norway has been silent about its future.

Published: 30-Jan-2012

ELKHART -- The view from inside Think City's plant here is the worst nightmare for politicians betting on electric vehicles to drive job growth: 100 cars, most of them not finished, lined up with no word on their future.

Only two years ago the tiny Think cars (two can fit in a regular parking space) were expected to bring more than 400 jobs and a lifeline to suppliers who once made parts for gas guzzling recreational vehicles.

"We've said we're out to make Indiana the electric vehicle state. It's beginning to look like the state capital will be Elkhart County," Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said in January 2010 in announcing government incentives used to lure Think to his state.

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