28 July 2009


TH!NK develops fully integrated electric drive-train system

28 July 2009 - The first integrated electric vehicle (EV) drive-train of its kind has been developed by TH!NK (the pioneering Norwegian EV manufacturer), with EnerDel (the US-based lithium-ion battery subsidiary of NASDAQ listed ENER1) being the sole supplier of its lithium-ion battery technology.

The drive-train is available for supply around the world thanks to its simple modular structure and easily transferable package. 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 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.

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.