Enova To Produce PCUs For Th!nk City Electric Vehicles
Enova Systems announced that it has received a production contract to provide a minimum of 1,000 Power Control Units (PCU’s) to Th!nk Global in 2008, for use in their electric vehicle passenger car, the Th!nk City. Future production ambitions for the Th!nk City are expected at a minimum of 10,000 units in 2009.
Mike Staran, Enova’s President and CEO said "Enova is privileged to be working with a visionary company like Th!nk Global. We are pleased to be awarded this high volume Production Contract from them. Our belief is that the Th!nk City vehicle will revolutionize the passenger electric vehicle Market in Europe, and ultimately North America."
Enova’s PCU is a critical component of the vehicle’s power system, converting and regulating high voltage power to lower voltages where and as required. Enova’s module transfers power throughout the drive system and assists in energy recovery during regenerative braking, extending the overall range of the vehicle. The source of propulsion power is therefore transparent to the driver, allowing him to concentrate on normal vehicle operation.
Th!nk Global and its subsidiary Th!nk Technology in Oslo, Norway, is described as a world leading competence center for design, development, assembly and licensing of modular environmental friendly vehicles and technology.
Enova states that the new investor group behind the Th!nk City has access to advanced battery technologies which will be further developed and utilized to improve the vehicle, with particular emphasis on performance and driving range. The driving range is expected to be 180km, a top speed of 100 kph and a 0-50 kph acceleration of 7 seconds.