EnerDel is regrouping under a strategy of targeting niche markets—a plan that has convinced Indianapolis and Hancock County officials to back off threats to yank economic development incentives.
Locally based EnerDel, maker of fuel-efficient lithium-ion batteries, is steering away from the disappointing electric-vehicle market. Its new strategy: batteries for utilities—especially in emerging markets where electric grids can be unreliable, which increases the need for backup power supplies.
David Roberts, the company's intellectual property lawyer since January 2011, is the new CEO. Richard Quirin, who was chief financial officer at IMMI, a seatbelt maker based in Westfield, is the new CFO.
A Russian timber tycoon who poured millions into a battery maker with Hoosier roots is the new owner of Ener1 Inc. Boris Zingarevich supplied $50 million for Ener1’s March 30 exit from bankruptcy and is moving its headquarters from New York to Indianapolis—already home to its core subsidiary, EnerDel.
The spectacular flameouts of some startup firms underscores the risk of relying on infusions of federal money to keep a business viable.
Electric-car battery maker Ener1 Inc., whose shares were delisted from the NASDAQ stock market Oct. 28, is the latest recipient of U.S. Energy Department aid to run into financial trouble and draw congressional scrutiny.