Enova Systems, a developer and manufacturer of electric, hybrid and fuel cell digital power management systems, announced today that it has received purchase orders from two Chinese entities for its Panther 120kW drive systems and power management components.
Shenzhen Minghua Environmental Protection Vehicle Co., Ltd. has purchased three drive systems for delivery for integration into their hybrid buses, and Tsinghua University of China has purchased three drive systems for its fuel-cell hybrid bus development program.
Enova's Panther 120kW drive system, being highly customizable yet compact, is readily configurable for the type of full size transit buses which China intends to use to shuttle athletes and guests at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the 2010 World's Expo in Shanghai. China is seeking up to 1,000 full-size hybrid-electric buses to support these global events. Tsinghua is the premier research university in China, its automotive engineering department selecting Enova's drive systems for its government funded hybrid fuel cell bus development.
The Panther 120 drive system generates up to 650 NM of torque and 120kW of peak power. The drive system package includes Enova's 120kW control electronics with DC-DC converters and 6kW on-board charging; 120kW motor and gear unit, Battery Care Units and other digital power management components to ensure efficient and safe operation of the hybrid-electric buses.