Think develops modular electric drivetrainJuly 28, 2009
A modular integrated electric drivetrain system has been developed by Norwegian EV manufacturer TH!NK.
The system includes industry-leading lithium-ion battery technology from EnerDel (the US-based lithium-ion battery subsidiary of NASDAQ listed ENER1).
The drivetrain has a simple modular structure and an easily transferable package, and is available for supply around the world.
The first major potential customer to come forward is the Japanese postal service – which is aiming to fully electrify its 22,000 strong fleet of delivery vehicles.
Japanese vehicle conversion specialist, Zero Sports, has been selected by Japan Post as conversion partners to the electrification project, who, via strategic partners ITOCHU, are using ENER1’s lithium-ion battery technology together with TH!NK’s electric drive-train system to start the conversion process of the postal service’s sizeable fleet of delivery vehicles.
Initially developed for the TH!NK City EV, this system is the first of its kind to provide off-the-shelf availability combined with bespoke performance in a wide variety of EV applications. The system has been promoted to large vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators around the world, and the Japanese postal service is the first to agree to a comprehensive road test programme in the Kaganawa and Tokyo prefectures.
The new technology drive-train being utilised for this programme unites TH!NK’s industry-leading EV drive system with EnerDel’s award winning lithium-ion battery technology. TH!NK and ENER1 began an active partnership in 2007 with ENER1’s development of a 26 kWh battery system for the TH!NK City vehicle – the first pure electric vehicle of its kind to use this new generation technology.
“The ability to deliver a fully integrated, road-ready package that can be quickly tailored to suit a wide range of vehicle solutions is a major step forward for both our companies,” said Ener1 Chairman and CEO Charles Gassenheimer.
TH!NK CEO, Richard Canny added: “We have seen increased interest in TH!NK’s proprietary EV drive system from a variety of third parties, which represents a significant and exciting new business line and revenue opportunity for the company.”
Asia has long pioneered the future of electric drive vehicles, and Japan in particular has been a global leader in advancing its adoption, with the government increasingly pushing to accelerate market and infrastructure development for electric drive vehicles.
Richard Canny concluded: “We are honoured to be working on such a prestigious project, and excited to be exporting TH!NK’s Norwegian-designed and built proprietary drivetrain system in partnership with ENER1 and its US-designed and manufactured lithium-ion battery technology. This has become a truly global and pioneering enterprise – lead by Norway, the USA and now Japan as well.”