Japanese Drive-Train Tech for Think City EV

Norwegian electric vehicle manufacturer Think, together with Ener1, announced today it has partnered with Japanese Itochu Corporation for the supply of "plug and play" EV drive-train technology. As part of the partnership, Think will provide Itochu three prototype test-beds to enter trails in the Japanese city of Tsukuba.

Japan is quickly becoming one of the most forward- thinking countries in the world when it comes to electric vehicle technologies. Already this year we have supplied the Japan Postal Service – through Japanese System Integrator Zero Sports – with our THINK and Ener1 EV drive-train system for the testing of a new fleet of electric postal vehicles,” Richard Canny, Think CEO said in a release.

Alongside Itochu, other Japanese companies will help Think as well. Mazda will send three Mazda3 vehicles to be converted into plug-in battery powered vehicles, to be tested in the same city.

THINK’s latest generation integrated EV drive controller will power the new Mazda 2 test vehicles, further demonstrating our leadership in electric vehicle technology. This is a very exciting initiative, especially with the ancillary tests being conducted into the use of renewable energy sources and secondary applications of EV batteries – watch this space,” Canny added.

This is the second big opportunity we have had to work with our partners at THINK Global to develop a complete drive-train system for a third party customer," concluded Charles Gassenheimer, Ener1 CEO.

"EnerDel has worked hard to build upstream and downstream relationships with the industry's leading companies around the world that give us a crucial edge as these growing markets converge.”
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