Boracay is certainly a long way from Indiana. But business is business, and EnerDel has found some on that island in the Philippines. And, to quote the hip-hop lexicon, there's some three-wheeled motion to boot.

The Indianapolis-based company reached what it says is a "long-term" agreement with GerWeiss Motors Corp. in the Philippines to supply lithium-ion battery packs for the motorized three-wheeled vehicles that are used to ferry people around the four-square-mile island of about 12,000 people. The three-kilowatt-hour battery packs will be able to provide as many as five hours of driving on a single charge. GerWeiss plans to convert up to 500 three-wheelers to electric power by 2016 and says it may expand the program to other parts of the Philippines. Boracay is about 200 miles south of Manila.

Indianapolis-based EnerDel, whose automotive customers once included Volvo for the all-electric version of the Volvo C30 and Think with its City EV, was last heard around these parts on the fall of 2012. That's when the company said it was trying to reinvent itself by reducing its dependence on electric vehicle companies and putting more emphasis on batteries geared towards grid and home energy storage as well as medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Earlier that year, EnerDel parent Ener1 declared bankruptcy and subsequently restructured. Check out EnerDel's press release below.
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EnerDel to supply Li-ion Battery Packs for E-Trikes Program in the Philippines

The 3kWh Li-ion battery pack with BMS controls will power tourism vehicles on the island of Boracay.

INDIANAPOLIS – (April 29, 2014) – EnerDel, Inc., a leader in lithium-ion energy storage systems, has entered into a long-term agreement to supply battery packs to GerWeiss Motors Corporation for installation into its electric tricycles, or 'E-Trikes', in the Philippines. The program, initiated in 2010, seeks to convert over 500 fossil-fuel powered vehicles on the resort island of Boracay into E-Trikes by 2016.

EnerDel offers a 48V, 3kWh Li-ion battery pack with battery management systems (BMS). The EnerDel packs will provide a running time of 4-5 hours on one charge, and can be fully recharged in about one hour. The EnerDel pack can also be swapped out with fully charged packs at GerWeiss charging stations around the island, allowing for a continuous usage model for drivers. The EnerDel packs are designed and built in Greenfield, Indiana.

"EnerDel is extremely excited to work together with GerWeiss Motors Corporation on this ambitious initiative to make public transportation in the Philippines more environmentally conscious," says Michael Canada, Interim CEO and COO at EnerDel.

"We are confident that with the full support of EnerDel, the vision of Mayor John Yap to make Boracay Island the first all electric vehicle community in the world, starting from the E-Trikes, will be realized in the next few years. Further, this same E-Trike program can be replicated all over the Philippines and possibly in our neighboring countries," states Sean Gerard G. Villoria, President and CEO of GerWeiss Motor Corporation.

For more information on EnerDel's Li-ion power solutions, email Info@EnerDel.com or call (317) 703-1800.

About GWC

GerWeiss Motors Corporation is a privately-held company in the Philippines. It is considered one the pioneers and leaders in electric vehicle development in the Philippines. The company also designed and developed an e-trike prototype for the $500M Asian Development Bank e-trike project in the Philippines.

About EnerDel

EnerDel, Inc. is a privately-held company headquartered in Indianapolis. It manufactures advanced, lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems for electric grid, transportation and industrial applications. The company's prismatic cell design and modular stacking architecture combine to provide customers with production-ready solutions that address their power and energy storage needs. For additional information, visit http://www.EnerDel.com.


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      brotherkenny4
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      Enerdel went bankrupt and failed. That was evidence that the facists used to prove that the ARRA was a failure too. So how can this Enedel thing be true? It must be some socialist plot to destroy freedom and our free market economy. I better turn on FOX news and get the fair and balanced view of reality, as I am supposed to as a good sheep. You know, for the benefit of our industrial masters.
        Nick Kordich
        • 1 Day Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        As the article mentions, Ener1, the parent company did declare bankruptcy. They cancelled out the (by then) near-worthless common stock and the company was given to its three biggest investors. It's good to be the big fish - you get to eat the little ones when the pond shrinks. These three major investors received preferred stock and the company issued new common stock, receiving $86 million from investors to start over. EnerDel, kept its doors open throughout the process, though there were layoffs (I don't recall how many). The subsidiary was the grant recipient, not the parent, so while the parent underwent restructuring, it didn't have to sell off its subsidiaries. EnerDel was treated like the goose that laid golden eggs in terms of continuing to perform the research for which it continued to receive grant money. I think that's the best example I've seen of grant money ensuring that research continues in spite of problems with the business.
      • 1 Day Ago
      Great! Will curved the pollution on that island.
        Aaron
        • 1 Day Ago
        We need to keep the air quality good for tourists and citizens. The beaches there are top-notch and the water is so clear. If anyone reading this hasn't been there, they should go. It's so beautiful!
      Spec
      • 1 Day Ago
      I hope Enerdel can get some better customers. They have some good batteries.