Christopher Cowger joins Ener1 from California-based Advanced Micro Devices, where he was corporate vice president and general manager.
Battery maker Ener1 has laid off about 3 percent of its 770 employees worldwide, partly because of lower-than-expected demand from the Think electric car being assembled in Elkhart. It had about 380 workers in central Indiana.
Vice President Joe Biden was in Greenfield, about 25 miles east of Indianapolis, on Wednesday morning to visit an EnerDel plant that received a $118.5 million Recovery Act grant in 2009 to expand its lithium-ion battery production.
The utility, which has about 780,000 customers in Indiana, is teaming with Japanese firm Itochu Corp. to test applications for used electric vehicle batteries. The pilot project builds on Indiana’s clean-tech initiative, Energy Systems Network.
Think North America plans to start production work on electric cars at a Middlebury-area factory before the end of this year.
Locally based EnerDel Inc. has been riding high on prospects its lithium-ion batteries will be in hot demand to power plug-in
electric vehicles, but another market might be larger. A Piper Jaffray report estimates the global market for batteries used
to store electricity on utility power grids could be $600 billion over 10 years.
The parent of locally based lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel is putting together hundreds of millions of dollars in financing
to fund a business plan that could bring revenue to nearly $1 billion within five years.
Battery company will offer expertise to help Wanxiang build Chinese factory, fill backlogs. Indiana employment could reach 3,000, but there’s no target date for achieving that milestone.
The locally based battery maker serves as collateral on the financing lined up by its New York-based parent, Ener1.