Washington, DC 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                             CURRENT REPORT Pursuant
                          to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934

     Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):        August 20, 2004

                               ENOVA SYSTEMS, INC.
             (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

                 (State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

         0-25184                                          95-3056150
  (Commission File Number)                     (IRS Employer Identification No.)

19850 South Magellan Drive, Suite 305 Torrance, California               90502
    (Address of Principal Executive Offices)                          (Zip Code)

                                 (310) 527-2800
              (Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

          (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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Item 5.02.  Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors;
            Appointment of Principal Officers.

Effective as of August 20, 2004,  Carl D. Perry,  President and Chief  Executive
Officer of  Registrant,  was  promoted to the position of  Vice-Chairman  of the
Board of  Registrant  and  Edwin O.  Riddell,  a  director  of  Registrant,  was
appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Registrant.

Mr.  Riddell,  age 61, has served as a Director of the Company  since June 1995.
From  March  1999  through   August  2004,  Mr.  Riddell  was  President  of  CR
Transportation  Services,  a consultant to the electric vehicle  industry.  From
January  1991  to  March  1999,  Mr.  Riddell  has  served  as  Manager  of  the
Transportation Business Unit in the Customer Systems Group at the Electric Power
Research Institute in Palo Alto, California,  and from 1985 until November 1990,
he served with the  Transportation  Group, Inc. as Vice President,  Engineering,
working on electric  public  transportation  systems.  From 1979 to 1985, he was
Vice President and General Manager of Lift U, Inc., the leading  manufacturer of
handicapped  wheelchair  lifts for the transit  industry.  Mr.  Riddell has also
worked  with  Ford,  Chrysler,  and  General  Motors in the area of auto  design
(styling),  and has  worked  as a member of  senior  management  for a number of
public  transit  vehicle  manufacturers.  Mr.  Riddell  has been a member of the
American Public  Transportation  Association's  (APTA) Member Board of Governors
for over 15 years, and has served on APTA's Board of Directors.  Mr. Riddell was
also Managing Partner of the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium.

Pursuant  to the  requirements  of the  Securities  Exchange  Act of  1934,  the
Registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date:    August 24, 2004

                                       ENOVA SYSTEMS, INC.

                                       By:         /s/ LARRY LOMBARD
                                                Larry Lombard, Acting Chief
                                                    Financial Officer