The fact that many of the emerging electric vehicles are from European companies, as demonstrated at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, has not been lost on the company behind Enerdel’s lithium batteries. And how could it be? Ener1 already has existing arrangements with Th!nk, Fisker and Volvo and can most recently be found within the newly-unveiled battery-powered version of the Volvo C30. It’s not a great shock then that the company has decided to open up a European division that will allow them to pursue other market opportunities, such as grid storage, and facilitate future custom battery-pack building plans.
Heading the operation will be former Enerdel CEO Ulrik Grape. The Norwegian has had a lot to do with the company’s stateside accomplishments and will no doubt be key to the success of Ener1 Europe as President and prime mover. He sums up the Euro-situation thusly:
Our headquarters is in America, but many of our core customer relationships are in Europe, and it now becomes crucial to establish ourselves with a commanding presence in a market where we expect to aggressively build our business both in automotive and in the fast growing market of electricity grid storage and infrastructure.
Hit the break for the official press release.