BD OTOEndra 28.2.14 som test for mating. I natt mottok vi en henvendelse fra et selskap som påstår at de er den nye eieren av Think. Hvem er det?

BD OTO, Istanbul, hevder at de nå vil kjøpe boet til Think Global. Mulig dette må tas med en klype salt. Ikke at de vil kjøpe, men at de faktisk får kjøpe. Vi har ingen annen kilde enn selskapet selv. Samtidig vet vi at det var tyrkiske investorer som var Thinks siste halmstrå før turen gikk til skifteretten. Følgende uttalelse har vi fått fra BD:

I would like to inform you that MR OSMAN BOYNER, CHAIRMAN OF BD OTO AS, a major investment group based in Istanbul Turkey will be buying THINK GLOBAL AS and its affiliated companies, namely THINK UK LTD and THINK USA from the official receiver in bankruptcy and court appointed liquidator Mr Jo Rodin.

BD OTOMr Boyner is from the eminent Boyner family of Turkey and has extensive experience in the electric car sector as well as being a shareholder in FISKER AUTOMOTIVE as well as official distributor of Fisker and BYD in Turkey and Eastern Europe.

In addition to these operations, he is also involved in the production of electric vehicles using power trains owned by his group.

BD OTO AS will start and brand new production operation in Turkey of Think vehicles and launching new platforms making the next generation of product, affordable. cutting costs in the supply chain management and retaining in Oslo the core engineering team.

For more details on the group operations please see www.bdoto.com

I will be happy to assist further at anytime.

Your sincerely,
Zamier Ahmed

Riktig spennende dette. Særlig at det kommer en avklaring så kjapt. Da slipper vi langdryge spekulasjoner.

BD elbilerTyrkia er på sterk frammarsj som leverandør til bilindustrien, også med egne bilfabrikker. Renault Fluence bygges der – også i den kommende elektriske versjonen. Husker vi ikke helt feil, er det både tyrkiske plast- og rammedeler i dagens Think.

Boynerfamilien går tydeligvis hardt inn for elbil i Tyrkia, Øst-Europa og noen utvalgte, større, europeiske byer. På hjemmesiden presenterer de et utvalg av elektriske nyttekjøretøy, BYD bil og buss, samt Fisker Karma. De satser også på å bygge ut ladeinfrastruktur. Så langt er den litt stusselig med bare 2 ladestasjoner i Istanbul, i et land med nesten 80 millioner innbyggere.

Nyttekjøretøyene sies å være fra egne konverteringslinjer i Italia og Tyrkia. Det er sikkert interessant å få sin helt egen elektriske plattform for å utvikle nye produkter og industri rundt denne. Thinks drivlinje er ansett å være godt utvikla og være av en kvalitet som gir et stort potensial for den som kan bygge bil rundt den.

Vi gleder oss også over å lese at de ønsker å beholde det som er igjen av ingeniørteamet på Fornebu.

Her kan du lese mer om BD OTO AS. Så venter vi spent på gjentatte ganger å få bekrefta at denne nyheten er korrekt. Nå tar vi forbehold.

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Siste nytt fra BD OTO AS kom i en ny pressemelding kvelden 5.juli. Det er nok fortsatt vente-og-se-hva-som-skjer.

EUROPEAN SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT GROUP BD OTOMOTIVE ENTERS ADVANCED NEGOTIATIONS IN RESCUE BID FOR THINK

  • Turkey-based BD Otomotive in advanced talks to rescue the THINK electric vehicle brand from bankruptcy
  • Due-diligence completed and plans for secured future of THINK approved by BD Otomotive board
  • BD owns and operates established electric transport facilities across Europe, including distribution partnerships with BYD and Fisker

Istanbul, Turkey, 6 July 2011 – Sustainable transport group BD Otomotive (BD OTO AS) is in advanced negotiations with the Norwegian court-appointed Trustee of THINK Global – the electric vehicle maker – to rescue the brand from bankruptcy.

BD Otomotive is a Turkey-based investment group behind a host of successful corporate ventures across Europe, which in recent years has focused on electric transportation. The group owns and operates production facilities in Turkey and Italy for the conversion of light commercial vehicles into electric vehicles (EVs), automotive battery pack assembly, and a new recycling plant for lithium-ion and other industrial batteries.

The group has also made major investments into EV charging infrastructure, and owns and operates charging stations across Turkey.

In addition, the company operates sales and service networks across Europe to market its sustainable mobility products, and also is an appointed distributor of Fisker Automotive cars and BYD commercial vehicles and buses.

Chairman of BD Otomotive, Osman Boyner, said: «Our intentions are simple – to bring THINK out of bankruptcy and make it the affordable urban EV for Europe it was always designed to be. We have the manufacturing capabilities and sales network to do this, and combined with a core group of retained THINK talent in Norway we aim to launch new platforms and the next generation of vehicles if successful in our bid.»

He added: «We know our aspirations are realistic and are extremely hopeful for the future of the brand.»

Negotiations between BD Otomotive and the Norwegian court-appointed Trustee in charge of THINK Global are ongoing. The negotiations’ conclusion will be subject to a further announcement.

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