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First vehicles roll out of Indiana electric-car plant

December 16, 2010

A northern Indiana plant owned by a Norwegian company that makes electric cars has finished work on its first fully-electric cars.

Fifteen cars rolled out of Think North America's Elkhart plant on Wednesday, bound for Indianapolis. The cars will be used primarily by the state Department of Natural Resources as part of its fleet of vehicles.

Gov. Mitch Daniels was scheduled to accept the vehicles Thursday. WSBT-TV reported that the cars are part of the state's "Project Plug-In" that's intended to make Indiana a leader in making and using plug-in vehicles.

Think opened its plant in an empty plant in Elkhart in October after receiving economic development incentives a year ago. Company officials plan to roll out 300 electric cars from the plant by the end of the year. The plant currently employs more than 25 workers.

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