Troy EV maker gets supply deal with Chinese firm

TROY—Officials at the Troy-based electric vehicle maker Electric Last Mile Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: ELMS) announced that the company has signed a binding, long-term supply agreement with Liuzhou Wuling Automobile Industry Co. Ltd., a Chinese manufacturer of electric cargo vans and light duty specialty vehicles.

Under the agreement, ELMS will have long-term access to EV component systems and parts from Wuling Motors’ commercial EV cargo van platform for the manufacture of the ELMS all-electric Urban Delivery vehicle.

“At ELMS, we are reimagining the design of commercial vehicles as efficient, intelligent and profit-driving e-mobility workstations for our customers,” said ELMS co-founder and CEO James Taylor. “We believe that this partnership, as a part of our solutions ecosystem model and supplemental to our core vehicle integration and engineering capabilities, will enable us to quickly bring to market, segment-defining and U.S.-made EVs customized to our customers’ individual needs and optimized for the qualities that matter most to them: efficiency, reliability and total cost of ownership.”

The agreement with Wuling Motors adds to the company’s existing and developing strategic partnerships with other industry-leading suppliers and service providers, including CATL for battery packs, Geotab for advanced telematics, Cox Automotive for comprehensive service coverage and Randy Marion Automotive Group for distribution.

The ELMS Urban Delivery, anticipated to launch later this year, is expected to be the first Class 1 commercial EV available in the U.S. market and will be produced at the company’s plant in Mishawaka, Ind. The Urban Delivery is anticipated to have a range of approximately 150 miles and is also expected to come with a suite of connectivity and productivity features, including over-the-air updates.

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