Enova To Provide Power for TH!NK EVJuly 30, 2000 by Jeff Shepard
Enova Systems (Torrance, CA), confirmed that it will provide powertrain components to Ecostar Electric Drive Systems (Dearborn, MI) for the TH!NK city electric vehicle when it is redesigned and launched for global markets in 2001. Ecostar was formed in 1998 and is part of the fuel cell alliance between Ford Motor Company, Ballard Power Systems and DaimlerChrysler. The TH!NK city, which is the latest vehicle from Ford Motor Company's environmental mobility brand, will be available in North America, Europe and Japan. Enova Systems has been working closely with Ecostar in the development and production of the power train for the TH!NK city. Enova Systems has been contracted to develop and manufacture the Traction Inverter Module, charger unit and the dc/dc converter. Ecostar chose Enova Systems for this project due to their technical expertise and performance of the Enova Systems Panther drive systems. The TH!NK powertrain components are based on Enova's Panther drive systems and will be manufactured to meet QS-9000 requirements. "Ecostar's goal was to create an electric system for TH!NK city that would integrate electronic functions, improve performance and quality, and reduce overall cost. We are confident that the electric drive systems we are developing with Enova Systems for the TH!NK city vehicle will provide improved performance and function for the growing electric vehicle customer base," said Ross Witschonke, President of Ecostar.