Xos Inc., a leading U.S. manufacturer of fully electric Class 5 to Class 8 commercial vehicles, has established Powered by Xos, a new powertrain division that will operate under the leadership of industry veteran Brett Wilson. The new division will offer Xos’ powertrain technology along with design and integration expertise to other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the commercial, off-highway and industrial markets.
Powered by Xos will provide customers with a broad range of solutions including high voltage batteries, power distribution and management componentry, battery management systems, system controls, inverters, electric traction motors, and auxiliary drive systems.
In his new role, Mr. Wilson will focus on delivering customer solutions for EV powertrains in commercial, industrial, and off-highway applications. Prior to joining Xos, Wilson developed extensive sales, engineering, and leadership experience over 15 years at Cummins, Inc.
He most recently served as a Sales Director for Cummins for the Western United States.
The new powertrain division, has also announced it has secured an order from repeat Xos customer Wiggins Lift Co., Inc., bringing the total number of powertrain systems to 38 powertrain systems to be delivered this year.
Dakota Semler, CEO and Co-Founder of Xos, Inc. says: “At Xos, we recognize that the technology we have developed initially for last-mile and back-to-base operations can be deployed to off-highway applications that are also ripe for electrification, like heavy-duty forklifts which have short routes and easy access to charging. Customers like Wiggins Lift Co. have validated Xos’ technology for the off-highway markets. We look forward to building the Powered by Xos business segment alongside our growing OEM platform, and are pleased to have Brett join our team to help fleets of all kinds go electric.”
Brett Wilson, Director of Powertrain Sales at Xos, comments: “I am thrilled to join the Xos team at this pivotal moment for electric mobility, and am particularly proud to join a team dedicated to providing intelligent mobility solutions to advance the electrification of industrial equipment. At Xos, we purpose-designed and built battery electric technology specifically for commercial and industrial applications, ensuring the technology is tailored to their unique use cases. With Powered by Xos, we’re excited to broaden the reach of our technology by offering it to other OEM’s interested in transitioning to electric powertrains.”
Semler adds: “We have demonstrated that the technology we have developed for last mile delivery vehicles can be adapted to numerous off-highway applications that are also ripe for electrification, like Wiggins’ high-capacity forklifts, which have short routes and easy access to charging infrastructure.”
Xos recently announced a planned business combination with NextGen Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: NGAC). It plans to close the business combination in the third quarter of 2021.