Ener1 (HEV) Brings In New Chief Technology Officer For EnerDel

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08:39:38 am on January 21, 2009

Enerdel has a new Chief Technology Officer, Cyrus Ashtiani. Ashtiani comes with a glowing set of qualifications: 14 years of experience, 11 patents in the industry, and a wealth of experience that includes putting the first lithium-ion battery into a hybrid vehicle.

From Ener1’s press release, here is Dr. Ashtiani commenting on why he’s joining forces with Ener1, as well as more information about his accomplishments:

"This is a vital time for the industry. Automakers have dozens of advanced electric, hybrid, and plug-in vehicles under development, and more are coming. Reliable, affordable batteries are the essential ingredient in all of them," Ashtiani said. "The U.S. has an opportunity today to be a global leader in advanced lithium-ion batteries if we’re willing to make the investment. And Ener1 is out to prove it."

Ashtiani has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from McGill University, with a specialization in electrical machines and power systems. He has initiated and pioneered many activities in his field including a Battery Safety Methodology known as HMRMA, Cell Balancing Systems, Battery Management Systems, Battery Preheating Circuitry, and State-of-Charge algorithms, and he has helped train an entire generation of engineers in the new field of HEV batteries.

"Ener1 is the only global manufacturer of automotive grade lithium-ion batteries that had the foresight to set up volume cell manufacturing in the U.S.," continued Ashtiani. "Having seen the equipment installed I am convinced this gives the company an 18 to 24 month advantage over the competition."

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