We spoke with Ener1 Chairman Charles Gassenheimer back in December at the EVS23 expo and at the time he was quite bullish on his company's prospects for 2008. So far this year, there has been quite a bit of good news for the company. Ener1's li-ion battery subsidiary, EnerDel, put a lithium-ion pack in a Th!nk City EV and is a staunch proponent of making future hybrids much more affordable. GM-Volt's Lyle Dennis recently had a chance to get an update on EnerDel's current battery status from Gassenheimer and you can read all about it here. The condensed version is:
- The EnerDel Prius was tested at Argonne national lab and got 77.4 mpg.
- Some EnerDel battery packs are being tested in Canada.
- The available operating range of EnerDel's packs is 95.5 percent, much more than the range that other companies' batteries can offer.
- Ener1 is in talks with more companies to use their batteries.
- Gassenheimer doesn't see a lithium shortage any time soon. Perhaps we'll get it from seawater some day.
- Li-ion Th!nk City still on track to be "on the road by the end of this year."