• Jul 11th 2010 at 9:03AM
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A couple weeks ago, Remy International chief executive officer John Weber offered up his one-sided opinion regarding the shift towards in-house production of vital hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) components. As a discouraged Weber previously remarked:
Does it annoy me that GM's going down this path? It annoys the hell out of me. Especially given how much they've crawled around our plants and gone through our supply base.
Well Remy International, supplier of EV components, gave up on dishing out words against the shift towards in-house production of EV components and instead focused on delivering a knockout blow of its own.

To that end, Remy teamed up with Enova Systems, a leading innovator of electric drive systems. Both companies will collaborate on the development and production of one of the most advanced electric drive systems to date. Enova will offer up its state-of-the-art Omni controller and Remy will bring its HVH electric motor to the party. Combined, these two components are claimed to smoke any electric drive system on the market today and should convince some automakers that the Remy-Enova system is far superior to anything they can hatch up in-house. Follow the jump for more info regarding the collaborative work between Remy and Enova.

{Source: Enova System, Inc.]


Enova to Develop Revolutionary Electric Drive System in Collaboration with Remy Inc.

TORRANCE, Calif., Jul 08, 2010. Enova Systems, Inc. (NYSE AMEX:ENA) (AIM:ENV) (AIM:ENVS), a leading innovator of proprietary hybrid and electric drive systems propelling the alternative energy industry, announced it will collaborate with Remy Inc. (Remy) to develop a new electric drive system based on the Omni controller and Remy HVH motor. Remy is North America's largest independent manufacturer of advanced electric propulsion motors. Remy's patented design and assembly technology have been in production since 2006 and are currently powering vehicles around the world.

"This will allow Enova to apply its state-of-the-art Omni controller technology to Remy's advanced new HVH permanent magnet motors to deliver a high-performance solution for hybrid and all-electric vehicles," said Enova CEO and President Mike Staran. "Combined, these two technologies and the expertise behind them create a solution that will enable vehicle manufacturers and system integrators to more easily and efficiently develop reliable, high-performance drivetrains."

John Weber, Remy CEO, added, "Remy is proud to collaborate with Enova as a provider of drivetrain solutions for this market. Whenever we collaborate, we seek innovative companies like Enova that are dedicated to reliability, quality and the customer."

The companies signed a non-exclusive Letter of Intent on June 30. Said Staran, "The optimized controller-motor solution we are developing demonstrates the strong technology heritage and commitment to customers that Enova continues to bring to the hybrid and all-electric vehicle market."

About Remy International, Inc.

Remy International, Inc., headquartered in Pendleton, Indiana, is a leading global manufacturer, remanufacturer and distributor of light duty starters and alternators and Delco Remy brand heavy-duty systems. Remy International also manufactures and distributes electric propulsion motors designed with leading edge technology and backed by the security of over a billion miles of proven reliability. In business for over 100 years, today Remy International is actively collaborating with companies throughout the world to develop innovations that are transforming the vehicle industry. Recently, Remy International was recognized by the United States Department of Energy for its leadership role in the hybrid technologies space and awarded a $60 million grant under the Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative. To learn more, visit the Remy brand website at www.remyinc.com.

About Enova:

Enova Systems (NYSE AMEX:ENA) (AIM:ENV) (AIM:ENVS) is a leading supplier of efficient, environmentally friendly digital power components and systems products. The Company's core competencies are focused on the development and commercialization of power management and conversion systems for mobile applications. Enova applies unique 'enabling technologies' in the areas of alternative energy propulsion systems for light and heavy-duty vehicles as well as power conditioning and management systems for distributed generation systems. The Company develops, designs and produces non-invasive drive systems and related components for electric, hybrid-electric, and fuel cell powered vehicles in both the "new" and "retrofit" vehicle sales market. For further information, contact Enova Systems directly, or visit its Web site at http://www.enovasystems.com.

Additional Information:

This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to Enova Systems and its products that are intended to be covered by the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believe," "expect," "may," "will," "should," "could," "project," "plan," "seek," "intend," or "anticipate" or the negative thereof or comparable terminology and statements about industry trends and Enova's future performance, operations and products. These forward-looking statements are subject to and qualified by certain risks and uncertainties. These and other risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in Enova Systems' periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to Enova's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Smart move exactly what I said they should do in after they cried like a little girl in the last article.
      • 5 Years Ago
      two drowning men does not equal one swimmer
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm curious -- this probably is the combination already used in the Aptera 2e; and they seem to have some issues; given the "average" economy performance at the X-Prize. The Aptera managed ~140MPGe Combined, while the average for the 12 electric drive vehicles there, was ~134MPGe. The closest performer to the Aptera, was the Tata... which speaks volumes about something going on?

      Sincerely, Neil
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, Aptera is doing better than the average, which you'd expect from such a highly streamlined design. But if they aren't doing better than an EV with more aerodynamic drag, that implies a less than stellar performance from their drivetrain.

        Of course, the Aptera at 140 MPGe is doing far better than the Edison2 entry at 67 MPG. Both Aptera and Edison2 are using outrigger "wheel pants" for streamlining, but somehow the Edison2 "soapbox derby" design looks a lot dorkier.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice Idea. I hope they also remember how they got shafted by their OEM friends and maybe SELL their stuff to anyone who actually wants to BUY it instead of serving the old "OEM only" line.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it so wrong for a bakery to want to mill it's own flour or even grow it's own grain?

      Why is it a problem for OEM to want to make their own production parts? 3rd parties can always make replacement parts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I suspect that it is GM who has taught Remy how to build motors. GM designed the electric motor for the EV1 and contracted it out, this motor was vastly superior to any other electric motor of the time. Patents for this would have run out by now. I believe that GM has continued to design its motors and contract to Remy to build them, and now bringing it in house does not mean that they owe Remy any development royalties.

        As far as Remy's concern about who their suppliers are, I am sure this would be a mater of public record, as GM would rightfully need to know where all parts are made.

        I wish Remy all the best, but the complaint is completely unwarranted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Remy could have included a exclusive supplier or non-compete clause in whatever contract they had with GM. Of course GM most likely would have demanded a lower price per unit from Remy if Remy demanded such clauses.

        For whatever reason, Remy chose not to have a non-compete, and now here they are reaping the consequences.

        These aren't new concepts in business. They are grownups.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the gist of Remy's argument is that it's wrong when the baker goes to the miller, and under the auspices of a deal, reviews his machinery and his processes, takes down the list of farmers that supply his grain, and then decides (now that he knows how these things are done) that he doesn't want to work with the miller after all.

        Obviously I expect there are many more shades of grey, and GM may be completely in the right, here. But I think it's slightly more nuanced than suppliers being bitter over losing a contract.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The problem is that these parts potentially never wear and out and need replacing.

        It's a good thing that they found a good partner.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Competition is fine as long as there is no patent infringment.

        Cutting out the middle man is just good business! Should growing your own produce be outlawed becasue you learned how to farm by visiting and speaking to the people at the produce stand or the local producer's coop?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It will be interesting to see the final product.
      Go Innovation!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "claimed to smoke any electric drive system on the market today"

      When this system is ready for purchase and does "smoke" any other system - Then what?

      It isn't as if they can sell this on Ebay to the guy looking to convert his Cobalt to an EV. Maybe having everything in-house will force the suppliers to think outside of the box and invest some R&D.
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