Enova to Begin Shipping Power Control Units for Th!nk Electric Vehicles
Enova Systems announce that it will begin shipping production level parts to the Th!nk Group in June 2007. Enova will supply a Power Control Unit (PCU) to the Th!nk Group for use in their production electric vehicle. Enova’s unit converts and regulates high voltage power to lower voltages and transfers power throughout the drive system and the battery, and also assists in energy recovery during regenerative braking.
Mike Staran, Enova’s Executive Vice President stated, "Enova is very pleased that the Th!nk vehicle is now entering the production phase. We anticipate that the vehicle will gain rapid worldwide acceptance."
Enova has partnered with EDAG to support the technical design, development and validation efforts. EDAG, an independent development partner, develops customized concepts and solutions, optimized for production, to meet the mobility needs of the future. Besides development, design and engineering, EDAG’s capabilities extend to part validation for production systems from a single source.
The Th!nk Group, who recently obtained approximately US$28,500,000 from the investment community, anticipates vehicle production to accelerate quickly throughout the European regions. The second generation TH!NK City vehicle now has new battery technology which should lead to a driving range of180km, with a top speed of 100 - 110kph and a 0-50kph acceleration of seven seconds.
Th!nk expects to produce one of the largest fleets of electric vehicles in the world. The new vehicle is expected to be launched in Norway in 2007, and selected international markets in 2008.