Enova Systems is partnering with Norway-based Inspire investment group and its newly acquired investment Think Group to provide Power Control Units (PCU) for the resurrected Th!nk Electric Vehicle. Their goal is to prepare for the production and introduction of the second-generation Th!nk City model which Ford Motor Company and Th!nk developed while Ford owned Th!nk.
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. The PCU transfers power throughout the drive system and the battery, and assists in energy recovery during regenerative braking.
InSpire took over the Norwegian electric car manufacturer Think in March 2006. Think produced one of the largest fleets of electric vehicles in the world with the Th!nk City, launched in 1999. A new model is now under development and will be launched in Norway in 2007 and selected international markets in 2008.
InSpire is focused on developing a radically modern business model for producing, sourcing, marketing servicing and financing the electric vehicle in a commercially sustainable way.
The second-generation Th!nk City vehicle is a unique product that was never fully produced by Ford. A primary reason that Ford withdrew from producing the vehicles was that the battery technology had not evolved enough such that the range of the vehicle was compromised. The new investor group has access to new and advanced technology 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 180 km (112 miles), with a top speed of 100 - 110 kph (62 - 68 mph) and a 0-50 kph (0-31 mph) acceleration of seven seconds.