Vicinity Motor Corp. Announces Groundbreaking Ceremony of New Buy America Assembly Facility in Washington + commences NASDAQ trading

Company: Vicinity Motor Corp(formerly Grande West Transportation )
Listings :TSXV , US OTC SOON to be up listed at Nasdaq
Ticker: VMC.V (previously BUS ,BUSXF at US OTC
Market cap at time of publication: $290 MCAD
Stock price at time of publication: $9.40 CAD ( reverse split price 3.13 CAD)
Business: Leading supplier of electric, CNG, gas and clean-diesel buses for
both public and commercial enterprise use in the U.S and Canada
Comparable peer : Greenpower Motor , Market cap $486 MCAD
Website: https://vicinitymotorcorp.com/

Vicinity Motors will host a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the Company’s new “Buy America compliant” vehicle assembly facility in Ferndale, Washington on Friday, July 9, 2021.

The new facility will be the Company’s first U.S. assembly plant for Vicinity Motor Corp.’s growing line of electric, CNG, gas and clean diesel vehicles. The property is located near the Company’s Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada Headquarters with easy access to port, rail and truck shipping and receiving facilities. Operations at the facility will include Buy America compliant assembly, pre-delivery inspections, research and development, as well as general technical work and servicing. The facility is expected to begin operation in the first half of 2022.

William Trainer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vicinity Motor Corp., will lead the groundbreaking event. He will be joined by employees, state and local government officials including Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, and Roman Cornell, President ABC Companies, Vicinity’s U.S. distribution partner.

The ceremony will begin at 11:00 AM Pacific Time at 5354 Pacific Fern Dr, Ferndale, WA 98248, USA.

“We would like to extend an open invitation to customers and individuals interested in Vicinity and the future of sustainable public transit to join us at this ceremony,” said Trainer. “The day will mark the commencement of construction on our new U.S. assembly plant which will grow our production for Buy America compliant production for our Vicinity™ line of buses. We will also be making this the new home to support our newly announced industrial electric truck line starting with the VMC 1200. We have designed the facility with flexibility and expansion in mind to deliver up to 1000 vehicles a year.

“Support from the State of Washington and the local community has been instrumental to this launch, and we are honored to be celebrating the occasion with the Governor of Washington, Jay Inslee. With their support, we are privileged to expand our workforce in the United States by adding an expected 30 new jobs to start with, and the ability to increase personnel as demand grows.

“In conjunction with our uplisting to the Nasdaq today, this ceremony will mark two key milestones for our company and shareholders, and we look forward to celebrating the future of VMC with all in attendance,” Trainer concluded.

Roman Cornell, President ABC Companies, added, “As Vicinity’s U.S. distributor and close partner, we are excited to attend the ceremony, and to offer the exceptional Vicinity product line to our customers throughout the United States. Infrastructure, transportation and clean energy have never been more important, and the vehicles rolling off this production line and into the fleets of ABC Companies’ valued customers will play a key role in shaping the future of public transit.”

ESG comment: Vicinity Motors is our Top Pick in the Electric Vehicles sector , our latest analysis is found HERE. Today Vicinity Motors begins trading on the NASDAQ exchange (Ticker VEV) which marks a big day for the company. We are also delighted to take part of the news that the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Vicinity Motors US facility is taking place this friday (9/7) . Having a factory that is Buy America compliant is crucial for the company’s US expansion plans and with a factory capacity to deliver up to 1000 vehicles per year the growth is anticipated to be massive for the company’s sales in the coming years!

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Vicinity Motor Corp. Announces Uplisting to the Nasdaq Capital Market Under New Trading Symbol ‘VEV’

Company: Vicinity Motor Corp(formerly Grande West Transportation )
Listings :TSXV , US OTC SOON to be up listed at Nasdaq
Ticker: VMC.V (previously BUS ,BUSXF at US OTC
Market cap at time of publication: $223 MCAD
Stock price at time of publication: $7.23 CAD ( reverse split price 2,41 CAD)
Business: Leading supplier of electric, CNG, gas and clean-diesel buses for
both public and commercial enterprise use in the U.S and Canada
Comparable peer : Greenpower Motor , Market cap $545 MCAD
Website: https://vicinitymotorcorp.com/

Vicinity Motors today announced that the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC has approved the listing of the Company’s common shares on the Nasdaq Capital Market (“Nasdaq”).

The Company expects to begin trading on the Nasdaq on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 under the symbol “VEV”. The Company’s common shares will continue to trade on the OTCQX until market close on July 6, 2021. The trading symbols for on the TSX Venture and Frankfurt exchanges will remain unchanged.

“The listing of our shares on the Nasdaq represents a significant milestone for Vicinity Motor as we leverage our strong momentum to accelerate sales of our next-generation electric vehicle (EV) products,” said William Trainer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vicinity Motor Corp. “We believe a Nasdaq listing will help elevate the Company’s public profile, expand our shareholder base, improve liquidity and enhance shareholder value.”

“We continue to see traction in the marketplace, delivering 20% more vehicles in the first quarter of 2021 than we did in all of 2020 combined. We believe that our growth in the future will be driven by our breakthrough Vicinity Lightning™ EV bus, as well as our new VMC 1200 Class 3 EV truck. Both of which have seen strong support from government agencies, private operators, dealers and transit authorities for the electrification of their fleets. We expect additional EV innovations we have been developing to further solidify our position as a leader in this market. VMC is well positioned for continued growth and we have the human and financial resources in place necessary to support that growth. We look forward to sharing our story with a wider network of Nasdaq investors.”

ESG comment:
The long awaited NASDAQ uplisting confirmation has arrived and it’s a joy to see one of our biggest conviction portfolio companies advance to Wall Street. This opens up Vicinity Motors to a far larger private investor market as well as for larger institutional investors. It will be very exciting to follow how this can affect the stock price both on a short, medium and longer term especially since there are many more expensively valued competitors listed on the NASDAQ exchange.

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Vicinity Motor Electric Vehicle Customers to Receive up to $100,000 in Incentives per Vehicle from British Columbia Government

Company: Vicinity Motor Corp(formerly Grande West Transportation )
Listings :TSXV , US OTC SOON to be up listed at Nasdaq
Ticker: VMC.V (previously BUS ,BUSXF at US OTC
Market cap at time of publication: $2223 MCAD
Stock price at time of publication: $7.29 CAD ( reverse split price 2,43 CAD)
Business: Leading supplier of electric, CNG, gas and clean-diesel buses for
both public and commercial enterprise use in the U.S and Canada
Comparable peer : Greenpower Motor , Market cap $472 MCAD
Website: https://vicinitymotorcorp.com/

Vicinity Motor Corp today announced its Vicinity Lightning™ EV bus, as well as its recently announced line of EV trucks, have received eligibility for customer rebates of up to 33% of the purchase price through the Canadian Province of British Columbia’s CleanBC Go Electric Program.

The CleanBC Go Electric Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive Program is one of a suite of programs offered under the Province of BC’s CleanBC Go Electric Program. The program is funded through the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation and is administered by the Fraser Basin Council Society. The program provides a maximum rebate of $100,000 or 33% of the purchase price per vehicle, whichever is lower. The program website link is https://pluginbc.ca/suvi/.

“This significant rebate opportunity for customers, such as this rebate in B.C., will propel the already strong momentum for our breakthrough Vicinity Lightning™ EV bus offering and recently announced VMC 1200 Class 3 EV truck,” said William Trainer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vicinity Motor Corp. “The continued support from the forward-thinking local, provincial and national governments of Canada for electrification is significant. The new rebates from the CleanBC Go Electric Program are intended to encourage and accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in British Columbia for both their environmental and economic benefits – and our Lightning™ EV and VMC 1200 Class 3 truck perfectly aligns with these goals by providing the versatility to support countless transit and industrial applications.

“These savings can be significant for our prospective customers, ranging from over $40,000 for a medium duty Class 3 vehicle, to the maximum $100,000 for our extended range 168 kWh Vicinity Lightning™ EV. We believe the rebates will further position our EVs at a price point very suitable for mass deployment, increasing sales and building shareholder value,” concluded Trainer.

To view the new introductory sales video for the VMC 1200, please visit here.

ESG comment:
Vicinity Motors has previously sold over 200 buses to BC transit which operates over 1100 buses in British Columbia. This rebate is extremely beneficial for the company as the already have a strong presence in the Canadian province of British Columbia. This rebate should further help accelerate the electrification of British Columbia
and also generate more sales for Vicinity Motors!

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Vicinity Motor Corp. Receives $7.5 Million in Proceeds from Accelerated Warrant Exercises

Company: Vicinity Motor Corp(formerly Grande West Transportation )
Listings :TSXV , US OTC SOON to be up listed at Nasdaq
Ticker: VMC.V (previously BUS ,BUSXF at US OTC
Market cap at time of publication: $208 MCAD
Stock price at time of publication: $6,94 CAD ( reverse split price 2,31 CAD)
Business: Leading supplier of electric, CNG, gas and clean-diesel buses for
both public and commercial enterprise use in the U.S and Canada
Comparable peer : Greenpower Motor , Market cap $472 MCAD
Website: https://vicinitymotorcorp.com/

Vicinity Motors today announced the receipt of $7.5 million through the exercise of 1,924,726 warrants since the beginning of the first quarter of 2021.

The majority of the warrants exercised were since the date that Vicinity initiated the acceleration provision of its outstanding warrants issued in connection with its October 2020 private placement. As of the date of this press release, zero warrants remain outstanding in Vicinity.

“We are pleased to have received $7.5 million in proceeds from these warrant exercises, further fortifying our balance sheet,” said William Trainer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vicinity Motor Corp. “This stands as a testament to the value our shareholders see in our future prospects, and we would like to thank them for their ongoing support. We look forward to continued operational execution in the months ahead as we march towards a near-term targeted Nasdaq uplisting.”

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Vicinity Motor Corp Initiates Sales for Fully Electric Medium-Duty VMC 1200 Truck and EV competitor comparison

Company: Vicinity Motor Corp(formerly Grande West Transportation )
Listings :TSXV , US OTC SOON to be up listed at Nasdaq
Ticker: VMC.V (previously BUS ,BUSXF at US OTC
Market cap at time of publication: $200 MCAD
Stock price at time of publication: $6,70 CAD ( reverse split price 2,23 CAD)
Business: Leading supplier of electric, CNG, gas and clean-diesel buses for
both public and commercial enterprise use in the U.S and Canada
Comparable peer : Greenpower Motor , Market cap $500 MCAD
Website: https://www.grandewest.com/

Vicinity Motors , today released specifications for the new VMC 1200, a fully electric Class 3 medium-duty commercial truck.

Powered by a cutting edge 150 kWh Li-Ion battery and an electrical powertrain that provides up to 150 kWh of power and 800 Ft Lbs. of torque, the VMC 1200 has a 6,000-pound load capacity and an expected range up to 150 miles on a single charge. The medium duty electric truck leverages Vicinity’s proven EV experience in a popular cab-over design at an attractive price, making it well suited for urban environments and construction or delivery applications. 

Standard features include driver conveniences including a high-back comfort seat, keyless entry, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, 3-person seating and the ability to use the battery for on-site power, eliminating the need to transport large, noisy generators.  The vehicle is capable of fully charging from a level 3 EV fast charger in 2.5 hours and from a standard level 2 charger in as little as 5 hours. For a complete list of specifications, please visit the Company’s website at https://vicinitymotorcorp.com/images/VMC1200SpecificationsFlyer.pdf.


The all-new Vicinity 1200 Fully Electric Class 3 Truck

“With our final design specifications in place, the VMC 1200 can now be ordered by our robust network of existing dealerships throughout North America,” said William Trainer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vicinity Motor Corp. “Production of the vehicles is underway and commercial deliveries are scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2022. Our sales team is already introducing the demonstration VMC 1200 model to our dealer network and are very pleased to see very strong interest in it.”

“Due to expected heavy order flow for the VMC 1200, we have planned production levels of up to 1,000 units in 2022. We look forward to building a strong source of supplemental growth through this zero-emission line of medium duty trucks to complement our full line of Vicinity Lightning™ and Classic buses.”

ESG comment:

Vicinity Motors keeps impressing us with their steady flow of news. This time its the product launch of a new fully electric class 3 vehicle . The product segment class 3 is high in demand as seen by the news that Electric last mile (ELMS) recently announced that they will be producing this type of vehicle from the second half of 2022. Another competitor Lightning eMotors are also active in the class 3 product segment.
As a fun comparison these SPAC competitor Lightning eMotors is valued at 600 MUSD with revenues expected to land between 50 – 60 MUSD for 2021 indicating an EV/sales multiple of 10 X.

Another SPAC competitor Electric last mile is valued at 1,4 BILLION USD with sales estimated at 122 MUSD for 2021 indicating an EV/sales multiple of 11,5.

Meanwhile Vicinity Motors is valued still at only 200 MCAD and we estimate that revenues for 2021 will be landing between 50-75 MCAD and for 2022 with this new product launch we estimate between 100-200 MCAD in revenues depending on production capacity.

These projections indicate an EV/Sales multiple between 2,5-4 for 2021 and 1-2 for 2022
. It’s fair to say that Vicinity Motors , which are growing at triple digit speed is undervalued compared to other electric vehicle producers.

We own shares of this company personally.

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Vicinity Motor Corp Announces Partnership with Danfoss Editron to Power Next-Generation Medium Duty Vicinity Lightning™ EV Buses

Company: Vicinity Motor Corp(formerly Grande West Transportation )
Listings :TSXV , US OTC SOON to be up listed at Nasdaq
Ticker: VMC.V (previously BUS ,BUSXF at US OTC
Market cap at time of publication: $202 MCAD
Stock price at time of publication: $6,76 CAD ( reverse split price 2,25 CAD)
Business: Leading supplier of electric, CNG, gas and clean-diesel buses for
both public and commercial enterprise use in the U.S and Canada
Comparable peer : Greenpower Motor , Market cap $500 MCAD
Website: https://www.grandewest.com/

Vicinity Motors Corp today (16/6 2021) announced it has partnered with Danfoss Editron, a business division of Danfoss, to utilize its drivetrain systems in the medium duty fully electric Vicinity Lightning™ EV Bus.

Danfoss Editron specializes in hybrid and electric drivetrain systems for the marine, off-highway and on-highway markets. A business division of Danfoss, it develops and manufactures high-performance power systems for heavy-duty vehicles, machines, and marine vessels based on its unique synchronous reluctance assisted permanent magnet and inverter propulsion system technology.

The systems feature a Buy America Compliant 220kW motor with an Eaton multi-speed transmission. They are also fitted with a digital AVIONICS controller and inverter to enable the intelligent management of all the vehicle’s operations. Weighing only 85kg, Danfoss Editron’s drivetrain systems are significantly lighter in weight than other electric drivetrains on the market, which can weigh as much as 500kg. Manufactured in Danfoss Editron’s Colorado plant, these Buy America Compliant motors are a key part of the Vicinity Lightning™ product that will be assembled in the new VMC Washington State manufacturing facility.

William Trainer, Founder and CEO of Vicinity Motor Corp said, “The EDITRON drivetrain and the expert team at Danfoss Editron are an ideal partner for us as we continue to expand the breadth of our EV product suite. We have issued a purchase order for 300 of the company’s drivetrain systems to guaranty supply for our customers through 2022. We look forward to continue working with the team at Danfoss Editron to build a globally competitive, cost effective vehicle for our customers.”

Cliff Stokes Jr., Senior Sales Manager at Danfoss Editron, added, “Our commercial bus drivetrain has over 10 million miles on the road and is in use by commercial vehicle OEMs in North America, South America, Europe, China and India. It has been specifically developed to deliver high levels of torque efficiently at a wide range of rotational speeds, helping to maximize vehicle efficiency. We’re thrilled to add Vicinity Motor Corp and its promising electric bus program as another key customer in North America.”

ESG comment:

Vicinity Motors once again show they are leading the EV industry when it comes to new technology. They’ve previously announced a partnership with EXRO for Enhanced Powertrain System into Next-Generation Electric Bus Fleets and now as mentioned above, they’ve announce a partnership with Danfoss. Danfoss Editron specializes in hybrid and electric powertrain systems for the marine, off-highway and on-highway markets. The Buy America compliant motor from Danfoss should fit well into Vicinity’s plans to becoming the leading EV supplier in North America.

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VICINITY MOTORS CORP WINS INITIAL ORDER FROM CALGARY TRANSIT WORTH $6 MILLION

Company: Vicinity Motor Corp(formerly Grande West Transportation )
Listings :TSXV , US OTC SOON to be up listed at Nasdaq
Ticker: VMC.V (previously BUS ,BUSXF at US OTC
Market cap at time of publication: $194 MCAD
Stock price at time of publication: $6,6 CAD ( reverse split price 2,2 CAD)
Business: Leading supplier of electric, CNG, gas and clean-diesel buses for
both public and commercial enterprise use in the U.S and Canada
Comparable peer : Greenpower Motor , Market cap $500 MCAD
Website: https://www.grandewest.com/

Hard work has paid off for Vicinity Motors which today proudly announced an initial order of 14 Vicinity Lightning™ EV buses worth $6 million from Calgary transit.

CEO William Trainer provided a comment with the announcement:

“Calgary Transit is one of Canada’s leading transit authorities, with a strong commitment to reducing vehicle emissions and environmental impact,” said William Trainer, Founder and CEO of Vicinity Motor Corp. “This first order marks the beginning of a valuable partnership with Calgary Transit as they diversify their fleet and mitigate exposure to energy and carbon costs.

“As cities around the world seek to meet climate goals, the demand for sustainable, zero emission transit options like our breakthrough Vicinity Lightning™ EV will continue to grow. We look forward to introducing our electric vehicles to the people of Calgary in the short-term and continuing to build value for our shareholders with the continued momentum in our next-generation Vicinity Lightning™ EV line.”


ESG Comment: Calgary Transit has the potential to become avery big customer for Vicinity Motors since they have a fleet of over 1000 buses. The contract that was signed runs over 5 years with an option to buy additional vehicles. The order is expected to be delivered in 2022.
Vicinity Motors most likely won this bid over other several actors since this was a public bid process. We see it as a very strong sign of the customer adaption and customer service orientated focus that Vicinity Motors has displayed to win this bid. Their Vicinity Lightning™ EV buses seems to constitute the best value for money in the public transit market judging by this recent order.
This order is also most likely the first of many as a result of winning public bidding processes.

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Vicinity Motor Corp Announces Entry into Medium-Duty Electric Truck Market

Company: Vicinity Motor Corp(formerly Grande West Transportation )
Listings :TSXV , US OTC SOON to be up listed at Nasdaq
Ticker: VMC.V (previously BUS ,BUSXF at US OTC
Market cap at time of publication: $191 MCAD
Stock price at time of publication: $6,5 CAD ( reverse split price 2,16 CAD)
Business: Leading supplier of electric, CNG, gas and clean-diesel buses for
both public and commercial enterprise use in the U.S and Canada
Comparable peer : Greenpower Motor , Market cap $500 MCAD
Website: https://www.grandewest.com/

Vicinity Motors , the top pick for ESGFIRE in the electric vehicles sector, today announced the news that they are launch a medium-duty electric bus which targets the urban delivery market. The EV truck is expected to appeal to customers in urban delivery applications with daily usage under 150 miles. Vehicles will be sold through a robust network of existing dealerships throughout North America. Full production and commercial deliveries of the VMC trucks is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021.

William Trainer CEO of VMC commented :
“The premiere of the VMC electric truck is an incredible milestone for not only Vicinity, but for the industry as it transitions towards true zero-emissions,” said William Trainer, Founder and CEO of Vicinity Motor Corp. “The VMC truck will be an environmentally friendly alternative for diesel vehicles more commonly used in this segment. We designed our electric truck to be a cost-effective, user-friendly vehicle with the ability to charge using standardized solutions, requiring no major infrastructure upgrades on the part of our customers. We’ve leveraged our world class technology to engineer this one-of-a-kind vehicle with our customer in mind – and the result is another industry first.

ESG comment: Vicinity motors expects to sell over 5000 units of this new electric vehicles type in a market that annually sells over 400 000 trucks. The company also states that they have locked in production levels for orders of up to 200 units in 2021 alone.
The company undoubtedly looks to be moving towards a major market penetration breakthrough!

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Vicinity Motor Corp to Present at LD Micro Invitational XI

Company: Vicinity Motor Corp(formerly Grande West Transportation )
Listings :TSXV , US OTC SOON to be up listed at Nasdaq
Ticker: VMC.V (previously BUS ,BUSXF at US OTC
Market cap at time of publication: $189 MCAD
Stock price at time of publication: $6,43 CAD ( reverse split price 2,14 CAD)
Business: Leading supplier of electric, CNG, gas and clean-diesel buses for
both public and commercial enterprise use in the U.S and Canada
Comparable peer : Greenpower Motor , Market cap $500 MCAD
Website: https://www.grandewest.com/

We want to inform our subscribers that our top pick in the electric vehicles sector, Vicinity Motors corp, will be presenting at the LD
Micro Invitational XI investor conference which is taking place virtually between June 8-10, 2021.

CEO of Vicinity Motors corp , William trainer, is schedualed to host a presentation at the following time:

2021 LD Micro Invitational XI
Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time: 1:30 p.m. EDT – Track 2
Webcast: http://www.ldmicrojune2021.mysequire.com

We hope you will be listening to hear the latest from the company !

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CEO OF VICINITY MOTORS

Company: Vicinity Motor Corp(formerly Grande West Transportation )
Listings :TSXV , US OTC SOON to be up listed at Nasdaq
Ticker: VMC.V (previously BUS ,BUSXF at US OTC
Market cap at time of publication: $154 MCAD
Stock price at time of publication: $5.23 CAD ( reverse split price 1,75 CAD)
Business: Leading supplier of electric, CNG, gas and clean-diesel buses for
both public and commercial enterprise use in the U.S and Canada
Comparable peer : Greenpower Motor , Market cap $378 MCAD
Website: https://www.grandewest.com/

Vicinity Motors, the top pick for ESGFIRE in the public transportation for Electric vehicles. They are on a successful path to entering the large market in the United States. The company is currently trading at 3X projected sales for 2021 compared to 25X sales for competitor Greenpower Motor. Vicinity Motors already has an impressive market share of their domestic Canadian market and now aims to take advantage of the huge growth for demand in electric vehicles for the public transportation market. We have previously covered this stock in multiple posts. We decided to have an interview with the CEO William Trainer ( 3/5 2021)  to hear how he think the company is progressing on their goals:

ESG: Welcome to this interview with ESGFIRE William!

William:
Thank you!

ESG: Can you tell us what the status is for Vicinity Motors with the upcoming Nasdaq uplisting?

William:
We are pushing hard to ensure we are listed as soon as possible. We will announce updates as they are publicly available. This is a priority for management

ESG: What’s the Status on the new production facility in the United States?

William:
It’s going very well, we are working closely with the state of Washington. We have applied for grants and the local government has been very receptive and welcoming to us. We anticipate that the facility should be in production for Q1 2022.

ESG: What number of buses are you aiming on delivering for 2021?


William:
We aim to deliver 150 – 200 units in 2021. Lead times are between 8-12 months from order so any new orders we receive now will be delivered in 2022.

ESG comment: A delivery of 150-200 Units would equal about 52 million -70 million USD in revenues for 2021.

ESG: You have a potential revenue stream of 50-55 million dollars for 2021 which is 100 % more than what the company made in 2020.
Do you foresee that this growth is likely to remain at 100 % year to year and if yes for how long?

William:
Our new factory in Washington can easily produce 1000 buses a year at full capacity ( Equalling revenues of around 350 MUSD/year). We want to get to this full capacity quickly.Right now we are building our backlog to get the factory to full capacity, We have a lot of winds pushing us forward quickly in the United States with good momentum and a US factory helps a lot. We have qualified to sell to many new states already and we are in the process of new bids. We also aim to sell in Iowa, Missisipi, Georgia and getting sales people to gather the orders. We have been very successful in Canada and we are sure we will be successful in the United States too.

ESG:What do you think is the reason that  your new EV buses are gaining massive interest ?

William:
We can barely keep up with all the inquiries we get and the easy answer to that question is that we have always built exactly what the customers wants.  We are not trying to copy anyone instead we have designed our own purpose-built designed EV shuttle bus.

For example we saw a need for a mid-size buss for the industry  to be able to pick up people in residential areas so we listened carefully to our customers to deliver exactly the bus  they wanted such as a mid size low floor user friendly bus. Our buses get people off the road with their cars and make it more comfortable to commute. When it comes to our electric bus model we started with a clean diesel and compressed natural gas bus (CNG) . We saw there was a transitioning coming into electric vehicles so we wanted to be able to deliver the bus which was best in class at the best available price and that’s exactly what we have done. We are building 25 electric buses right now out of which 15 are already sold and the other 10 are going to be used as demonstration buses for our sales partners in Canada and the United states.

When we look at new models we look at what the automotive industry does. They look at producing 1 million vehicles of a new model and that’s the way we try to think.
We have a battery pack from our great supplier BMW which is integrated by our other partner Lion E-mobility. This battery pack allows is only 7 inches (18 cm) thick so we can put it in the low floor level which makes excellent low centre of gravity.

We also have onboard charging just like a Tesla car has so there is no need for expensive charging infrastructure for our customers.
Finally we have a costing of components which is highly efficient. We also put hydraulic breaks on our buses so the driver does not need commercial experience.

ESG: What is the pricing on your EV buses compared to competitors?

William:
Our buses charges up very easy on any standard grid and cost around 350 000 USD compared to 1 million USD for our competitors who have to put their batteries on the roof of their buses which also makes them very top heavy.

ESG:  What competitive advantage do you see that vicinity motors has over competitors such as NFI, Proterra etc?

William:  Our buses are more user friendly and a lot better priced. We are a smaller company than most of our competitors , we are therefore quicker to react to customer needs and we can react more quickly in line with customer demands. We have designed all our buses using our in-house engineering team and then working with industry leading teams like LION Smart and Hindujatech. We focus on customer service, as it’s important to take care of your customer so they are happy with your service. That way we often get  recurring orders from our existing customers.

ESG: How can your buses be so affordable in comparison to competitors?

William:

We are definitely the best price compared to competitors and this is because we have developed all our own software and internal communication. When we buy an electric component we embed it into the vehicle. If we were to buy our components off the shelf they would cost 650 000 to 700 000 USD. Since we design everything in house we are super competitive.
To give you an example we offer our standard clean diesel bus to LAX airport shuttle for 250 000 USD. Now we can offer them an electric solution for 350 000 USD which is a no brainer since the maintenance cost is lower for this vehicle , you’re not buying fuel and its also a lot more environmentally friendly. We see major growth in both shuttle bus and public transport coming.

ESG:What do you think of the new competitors in the electric vehicles sector for public transportation?

William:
There are a lot of startups in the electric vehicles space and I wish them all the best. However what you need to realize is that this is a competitive market and it is very tough to get your first order in the transit side. Buyers often look at how long you’ve been around for and how are you going to offer service. If you don’t have any track record of this it’s going to be difficult.

ESG:  Have you looked at any partnership for Vehicle-2-grid charging for your customers?

William:
Yes we have we are exploring a possible cooperation with a Vehicle-2-grid supplier .

ESG: Do you have any plans to compete in the school bus industry for EV buses?

William:
Not at this point in time, we are now focusing on shuttle and transit buses.
I must say though now we have developed all the software and such and we are always looking at where we can place a new vehicle. With that said I’m not ruling it out but its not on the map right now.

ESG: What does the cooperation with Exro mean for Vicinity Motors?

William:
We are very excited to be working with Exro and if you look at their cutting edge technology they improve the efficiency of the electric motor which shows they can save 30 % power and therefore increase the range of electric vehicles by 30 % !
We hope to have this solution in our vehicles by the end of this year (2021).

ESG: What are vicinity motors gross margin and EBITDA goals?


William:
We want to maintain a 20% gross margins on vehicles and we are confident we can achieve this. We have a scalable platform and as we scale up our margins will increase considerably.  We are breakeven on 100 buses so at  for example 300 buses our EBITDA will be very good. The sector EBITDA is around 3 % but we are aiming at a minimum of 10 %.

ESG: What is the growth strategy moving forward?

William:
Our growth strategy is twofold . First we need our factory in place and you need a strong marketing / retail presence. We have aligned ourselves with ABC Companies which is a BIG player and I’m not sure the market realize what a power house of corporation this is.
ABC companies is one of the top 3 contenders in the bus industry.
They started in motor coaches but are now taking on transit and shuttle lines. I think they will do a good job for Vicinity Motors and our core values goes well with theirs.

We are also looking at expansion on the west coast with the states of Washington, Oregon and are also working on California. ABC Companies are big on the west coast and can likely bring in tremendous sales.

ESG: When will you be giving guidance in the form of a back log?

William:
At some point we will start giving official guidance right now you can follow it with our news releases.

ESG: What do you think of the current share price?

William:
 I’m confident that once we get on the Nasdaq the evaluation will more fairly reflect our true value. We think we will likely see a better evaluation once we hit the Nasdaq Listing.

ESG: Thank you for participating William!

William:
My Pleasure!

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