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Ener1 has a long-standing partnership with Think and, earlier this year, announced it would work with Nissan on plug-in vehicles. During a conference call to discuss third quarter earnings, Charles Gassenheimer, Ener1's chairman and chief executive officer, said that U.S. automakers are "finally" starting to get into the plug-in spirit. Hinting that big things are in store for his company, Gassenheimer said, "I think the next five or six announcements we're going to make are all on the PHEV, EV side." This isn't a total surprise – this is a company that builds plug-in vehicle batteries, after all – but to know that a half-dozen deals (or parts of deals) are in the works is exciting. Gassenheimer added:
On the HEV side we are still seeing some demand but what's more interesting is that what we're seeing is that on the customer traction side most auto manufacturers are jumping straight to PHEV, EV and really jumping over HEV. And so we're pretty excited about that. And, of course, we'll continue to update you on the programs we've been working on, many of which we already have actually packed working in vehicles today.