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Norwegian electric vehicle builder Think has finally launched production of the lithium-ion battery version of its City EV. The 22 kilowatt-hour battery pack is being supplied by Indiana-based Enerdel which owns an equity stake in Think. Enerdel is now in full volume production of the new battery pack which, should allow Think to ramp up vehicle production and expand into continental Europe and then the United States later this year.
The lithium ion version of the City EV has a range of about 100 miles and supports fast charging to 80 percent of capacity in 15 minutes. The Think City EV is currently being built under contract by Valmet Automotive in Finland. Valmet will also be assembling the Fisker Karma starting early next year. Think also plans to add U.S. production of the City EV sometime in 2011.
EnerDel Inc. announced plans to open li-ion battery plants in both China and Europe in an effort to triple its battery production by the end of 2011 and meet the expected demand of new partnerships. Though the company currently holds deals with just two automakers (Think and Volvo), it plans to announce two additional customers by the end of the year, one hailing from Europe and the other from Asia.
From building electrodes and cells on up to assembling fully functioning battery packs, EnerDel will do it all in-house at its future Chinese plant. Once completed, this facility should have enough capacity to produce 20,000 battery packs per year. The European plant will operate in a different way. This plant will take cells built at another location and assemble them into fully-functional battery packs. The European site is also expected to have an annual capacity of 40,000 packs by the end of next year. Both sites should be functional by the end of 2011.
Once these new plants are completed, EnerDel will be able to produce 60,000 packs per year around the world, three times its current output. Back in January, EnerDel began to expand its U.S. operations by investing $237 million to open a new plant in Indiana.
[Source: Automotive News - sub. req.]
It’s an ultimate dream for many who aim to own an electric vehicle one day, and, over in Japan at least, it’s becoming a reality. The dream, charging an EV from the sun’s rays, is possibly the most emissions-free method of driving anything with four wheels and a motor. Over in the Japanese city of Tsukuba, the power of solar rays will be put to the test. Mazda, Think Global, EnerDel and Japanese-based Itochu have put their collective heads together to test the real-world usefulness of solar-to-electric systems.
Mazda provided the vehicles, Think built the drivetrain found in each converted Mazda2, EnerDel supplied the batteries and solar energy storage units and Itochu threw in some funding. Combine the efforts together and you end up with one of the world’s first array of vehicles charged entirely by the sun. This is no ordinary solar charging station though. The EnerDel-designed setup employs large batteries that store the sun’s energy. When a vehicle pulls in for a charge, the juice can be sent out via direct current, filling a car to 85 percent capacity in as little as 15 minutes.
The converted vehicles will be part of a car-sharing program, which allows user to reserve each converted Mazda2 ahead of time. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, which means that getting into one might be easier said than done. Hat tip to Larzen!