Rex Hodge Joins Ener1, Inc as Executive VP/President of EnerFuel

Veteran Executive Will Spearhead Commercialization of Fuel Cell Products

Jan 30, 2006, 00:00 ET from Ener1, Inc

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ener1, Inc
 (OTC: ENEI) announced today that Rex Hodge, with 12 years of experience in the
 creation of efficient and low-cost fuel cells, will lead its EnerFuel
 operation, effective immediately.  The Company has proprietary technologies
 relevant to fuel cells, and Mr. Hodge will direct the commercializing of those
 technologies and the bringing of EnerFuel's products to market.
     "Rex Hodge is recognized throughout the fuel cell industry as a leader,"
 commented Chairman Charles Gassenheimer.  "His work at Anuvu resulted in major
 leaps forward in fuel cell technology, and his groundbreaking work at the
 Aerojet Propulsion Division of GenCorp created many of the practical bases of
 fuel cell technology throughout the industry.  We are very fortunate and
 pleased to have Rex leading EnerFuel."
     Mr. Hodge founded Anuvu Inc. in Sacramento, California, in 1993, and
 served as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer.  During his
 11-year tenure at Anuvu, Mr. Hodge raised funds to operate the privately held
 company and developed fuel cell products for cars, trucks, scooters and boats.
 Anuvu also created technologies for creating electricity from solar light, and
 biomass building technologies using biomass materials to replace wood, metal,
 plastics and fiberglass.  Anuvu also developed chip cooling systems for
 microprocessors, and ducting systems for desalinization plants, along with
 numerous other technologies.
     Prior to Anuvu, Mr. Hodge was with The Aerojet Propulsion Divison of
 GenCorp, also in Sacramento, where he was a Project Engineer.  During his time
 at Aerojet (August 1988 to September 1994), he developed fuel cells using
 rocket technology, and introduced miniaturization to drop the size of fuel
 cells by a factor of three.  He also originated many rocket-oriented
 technologies, and was recognized in 1992 with Aerojet's Technical Achievement
     Mr. Hodge is the author of numerous articles for professional journals
 published over the last seven years on fuel cells, and has been a speaker at
 various conferences.
     He is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, with a BS
 degree in mechanical engineering.
     About Ener1, Inc
     Ener1, Inc (OTC: ENEI) is an alternative energy technology company.  The
 company's interests include: 80.5% of EnerDel (, a lithium
 battery company in which Delphi Corp. owns 19.5%; 49% of Enerstruct, a
 Japanese lithium battery technology company in which Ener1's strategic
 investor ITOCHU owns 51%; wholly owned subsidiary EnerFuel, a fuel cell
 testing and component company (; and wholly owned subsidiary
 NanoEner, which develops nanotechnology-based materials and manufacturing
 processes for batteries and other applications (  For more
 information, visit
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