reenPower Motor Company Inc. (TSXV:GPV) (OTCQB:GPVRF) (“GreenPower”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of zero emission electric powered vehicles serving the cargo and delivery, transit and school bus markets, today announced that GreenPower has completed the first EV Star CarGo+ delivery box truck in collaboration with Marathon Truck Body of Santa Clarita, California, scheduled for customer delivery later this month.
The GreenPower CarGo+ is the only purpose-built Class 4, battery electric delivery truck currently available in North America, and combines the EV Star CC with a Marathon Truck Body Company dry freight body. The Marathon body utilizes state of the art lightweight and aerodynamic components. GreenPower’s CarGo+ has also been outfitted with the latest lift gate from Palfinger and has a range of up to 150 miles on a single charge.
“The EV Star CarGo+ is the first of its kind and we expect great things from this product given its ability to revolutionize the dry freight and delivery market across a variety of industries,” commented Brendan Riley, President of GreenPower. “This design has been in the making for over a year and I am thrilled with the efforts of the entire GP team as we continue leveraging the strength of our EV Star platform to bring highly compelling products to market.”
GreenPower also announces the addition of Priyankar Balekai to the GreenPower team to lead the cargo, logistics and truck division. Mr. Balekai joins GreenPower with 23 years of experience in the trucking sector. Most recently, Priyanker was the Chief Product Officer at Thor Trucks, prior to his role as Director of Trucks at BYD Motors and over 18 years in multiple roles at Navistar.
GreenPower continues to leverage its flagship EV Star Platform with four distinct models serving the cargo delivery, paratransit, private shuttle, and micro transit markets. The EV Star is the only bus in its class that comes with a standard J1772 level 2 fast charging and CCS DC fast combo charge system, allowing for optimal flexibility in route planning for any duty cycle. The Truck is eligible for a base voucher of $80,000 from the California HVIP program and an additional voucher of $10,000 when the vehicle is operated in a disadvantaged community.
GreenPower designs, builds and distributes a full suite of high-floor and low-floor vehicles, including transit buses, school buses, shuttles, a cargo van and a double decker. GreenPower employs a clean-sheet design to manufacture all-electric buses that are purpose built to be battery powered with zero emissions. GreenPower integrates global suppliers for key components, such as Siemens or TM4 for the drive motors, Knorr for the brakes, ZF for the axles and Parker for the dash and control systems. This OEM platform allows GreenPower to meet the specifications of various operators while providing standard parts for ease of maintenance and accessibility for warranty requirements.