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USA: Enova Systems Announces 327% Growth in Gross Profit and 151% Growth in Revenues in 2010

Enova Systems, Inc. (NYSE AMEX: ENA) (AIM: ENV) (AIM: ENVS), a leading developer of proprietary hybrid electric and all-electric drive systems and drive system components for the emerging green commercial vehicle market, announces revenues and gross margin growth for Q4 2010 and for the 2010 year. Additionally the company highlights a production intent battery supply from Compact Power Inc., a subsidiary of LG Chem.


* $3.7M in revenue for Q4 2010, up more than 151% over the same period in 2009
* 20.4% gross margin for Q4 2010 with gross profit up 327% over the same period in 2009 result as one of the best quarters on record for Enova
* Annual revenue growth from $5.6M in 2009 to $8.6M in 2010, a 52% increase
* Overall annual gross margin increase from 10.8% in 2009 to 16.5% in 2010
* Moved from an overall gross margin loss of 74.1% in 2006 to 16.5% positive gross margin in 2010

Enova President and CEO Mike Staran stated, “2010 resulted in quarter after quarter positive gross margin growth, responsible cash management and core customer growth. Exciting partnerships with companies like LG Chemical further confirm our technology and allow us to penetrate incremental opportunities within the expanding market.”


Bolstering Q4 2010 performance, Enova shipped the following to meet increasing demand:

* Charge-depleting plug-in hybrid school bus systems delivered to Navistar
* Full EV drive systems and other system components delivered to Smith US (SEV)
* Pre-transmission sets delivered to First Auto Works (FAW)
* Full EV drive systems and other system components delivered to Freightliner Custom Chassis (FCCC)

Expecting to further drive revenues, Enova will continue to ship systems to fill incremental Navistar, SEV, FAW, and FCCC orders. Additional customer highlights include:

* FIRST AUTO WORKS (FAW) collaborated with Enova to develop a biaxial parallel hybrid power platform capable of idling starting/stopping, low-speed electric drive, separate drive, combined drive and regenerative braking. This platform will be used to power FAW’s 11-meter and 12-meter hybrid power buses operating in Changchun, Dalian and Kunming, China.
* SMITH ELECTRIC VEHICLES (SEV) and Enova continue to penetrate the US market. SEV supplies vehicles for Frito Lay, Staples, Coke, PG&E and AT&T. SEV has been awarded $32 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop and produce all-electric parcel delivery.
* NAVISTAR and Enova continue to lead the hybrid school bus market. Despite a sluggish economy and delayed volume growth, Navistar is growing its market share. Demand for non-plug-in hybrid school buses is expected to increase with the emergence of capable charge-sustaining batteries. This new battery technology also positions Enova to aggressively pursue the retro-fit market.
* FREIGHTLINER CUSTOM CHASSIS CORPORATION (FCCC), a key Enova customer, maintains an 80% market share in the pickup and delivery sector, making them the segment leader. This sector includes UPS, Federal Express and other national fleet operators. FCCC’s electric vehicles employ Enova’s MT-EV chassis, with a durable frame and a GVWR of 14,000 to 19,500 lbs. capable of handling heavy payloads. FCCC is in the final phase of delivering initial vehicles to top fleet operators.
* GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (GSA) recently extended a key Enova contract for another year to supply all-electric step vans to the Federal government. Smith Electric Vehicles’ Newton, and all-electric medium and heavy duty truck, presents an additional opportunity to penetrate the GSA fleet market. Another major Enova customer, Navistar continues its exclusive GSA contract to supply hybrid school buses.
* US AIR FORCE & HAWAII CENTER FOR ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGIES (HCATT) has awarded Enova a contract to integrate a hydrogen fuel cell powered electric runway sweeper for use at the joint Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Force base in Honolulu. A portion of the project was completed in Q4 2010 and the remainder of this $1M+ contract is expected to be completed in 2011. Enova is conducting other high level government briefings on the benefits and value of its engineering and product capabilities.



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