Enova Introduces Next-Generation Omni-series Inverter; First US Government Order for Ze Van
11 May 2010
|The Omni-series inverter. Click to enlarge.|
Enova Systems has introduced its next-generation of power electronics with the new Omni-series 200kVA-capable power inverter for hybrid-electric and all-electric medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. (Earlier post.) Separately, Enova has received its first US Government order for its Ze all-electric walk-in step van.
In development since February 2009, the Omni-series inverter features a 50% smaller design package and double the continuous power of the current 90 kW system.
Extensive design validation testing is scheduled for completion in Q3 this year, and the Omni will be available for customer program development soon after that, said Enova COO John Mullins.
Power-source agnostic, the new Omni-series inverter also offers increased flexibility and ease-of-integration. With plug-and-play connectivity, it is compatible with a wide range of vehicle drive systems and motors, and can be configured for HEV, PHEV and EV applications. Features include:
- A proprietary new liquid cooling strategy enabling leading power density;
- Software configurable control allowing common hardware to be used across many sizes of hybrid or electric vehicles;
- Compatible with a wide range of induction and permanent magnet motors;
- True continuous power output of 110 kW, with peak over 200 kVA making the Omni capable of powering the Enova P90, P120, and even P240 drive systems;
- Heavy-duty cast aluminum chassis and robust design using minimal harnesses and interconnects allows flexible vehicle mounting in any orientation;
ZE order. On the heels of the Omni product introduction, Enova received its first order through the General Services Administration (GSA). This first deployment of EV step vans is part of Enova’s one-year renewable supplier contact with the GSA, which supplies vehicles for government agencies and armed forces.
The first order of Enova powered vans will be delivered to the US Army base located at Ft. Lewis, WA. Built to base specifications with a 157-inch wheel base chassis and a 14,500 lb. gross vehicle weight rating, the all-electric van is targeted for the unit’s Public Works department which provides general maintenance across the base.
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