McDaniel to Lead Ener1 Nanotech Business

Nanotech Exec to Commercialize Proprietary Technologies

Jun 14, 2005, 01:00 ET from Ener1, Inc.

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ener1, Inc.
 (OTC Bulletin Board:   ENEI) ( has named J. Gary McDaniel
 chief executive officer of its nanotechnology subsidiary, NanoEner, Inc.
 McDaniel has over 25 years of senior management and operations experience,
 most recently as president and CEO of Nanox, Inc., a company that develops
 nanostructured materials. He is charged with transitioning the nanotechnology
 operation from R&D to applications engineering, product design, manufacturing
 and sales.
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     NanoEner is developing advanced nanomaterials for use in Ener1's lithium
 batteries and other high-energy storage devices.  The Company's highly
 efficient and cost-effective process is designed to produce nanostructured
 electrodes that enable batteries to have extremely high discharge rates and an
 extended lifecycle when compared to those manufactured using existing
     The Company also plans to pursue other custom applications for its
 technologies, such as thin-film solar cells, catalytic and functional
 coatings, fuel cells and thin-film transistors for active-matrix
 liquid-crystal displays, and both thin-film superconductors and dielectrics.
 McDaniel reports to Pankaj Dhingra, president of Ener1's Energy Group.
     Dhingra said, "Gary's experience in advanced materials and nanotechnology
 is a great asset.  We are confident his business acumen and leadership skills
 make him the ideal choice to lead the commercialization of our unique
 nanotechnology and our growing body of related intellectual property."
     McDaniel commented, "NanoEner has developed a cutting-edge manufacturing
 technology for the production of nanostructured materials.  What I find most
 exciting about this process is that it is truly a 'platform technology' that
 can be customized to produce a variety of products."
     Prior to his tenure as president and CEO of Nanox, McDaniel held senior
 posts at Tricat Industries, a global manufacturer of nano- and microadvanced
 materials; Katalistiks, a $90 million manufacturer of petroleum refinery
 catalysts; and the chemicals division of W.R. Grace and Company.
     McDaniel has a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering Administration
 from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the Merrick School of Business
 at the University of Baltimore.
     About Ener1, Inc.
     Ener1, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:   ENEI) develops and markets new
 technologies and products for clean, efficient energy sources. Ener1 markets
 lithium batteries and battery packs through EnerDel, its majority-owned
 venture with Delphi Corp. Ener1 also develops and markets nanotechnology-based
 materials through its NanoEner, Inc. subsidiary and fuel cell components and
 testing services through its EnerFuel, Inc. subsidiary. Ener1's products have
 applications for markets that include power tools and industrial equipment,
 medical devices, hybrid vehicle propulsion and military communications. For
 more information on Ener1's products, please visit its Web site at or call (954) 556-4020.
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