The saga of startup electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers and their battery partners has its own twists and turns. Batteries are a significant component for EVs. So it should not be surprising that the marriage between vehicle manufacturer and battery supplier can take on the characteristics of a soap opera.
Earlier this year, EnerDel and Fisker Automotive terminated their plans to work together on the Fisker Karma. Instead, the Karma will be using batteries from A123 (who, in turn, were the losing suitor in the earlier competition to partner with GM on the Chevy Volt). But EnerDel is instead now partnering with THINK as the battery maker for the Think City EV.
We've seen the TH!NK company come back from the brink of bankruptcy last year. And a Think City EV was one of the vehicles on the driving track at the Detroit Auto Show in January. (Fisker, on the other hand, skipped this year's show.) Think seems to be moving ahead now, with a manufacturing facility being readied in Elkhart County, Indiana, and production of the Think City EV expected to begin in 2011. EnerDel's parent company is also a large stakeholder in THINK.
written by Robert, July 25, 2012
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