Canadian Manufacturing

Exro enters partnership with Vicinity Motor Corp to deploy powertrain in electric buses

Exro will supply the Coil Drive System technology and Vicinity will conduct operational validation through deployment of an optimized electric powertrain.

April 27, 2021  by CM Staff

CALGARY — On Apr. 27, Exro Technologies Inc., a clean technology company, announced that it has signed a supply agreement with Vicinity Motor Corp. to deploy Exro enhanced electric buses.

Vicinity Motor Corp. (formerly Grande West Transportation Group) is a supplier of advanced shuttle transportation vehicles for public and commercial use. With operations in Canada and the US, VMC has established market penetration and a backlog of bus orders. Vicinity’s flagship product line, the Vicinity Bus, is a purpose-built electric bus.

Exro will supply the Coil Drive System technology and Vicinity will conduct operational validation through deployment of an optimized electric powertrain for VMC’s suite of electric buses. The Coil Drive System solution will hopefully enable electric buses with improved performance that accelerates the transition to a sustainable public transit system. VMC will test and validate the Coil Driver™ powertrain integration with the intent of implementing it in future serial production batches of the electric bus product line.

“We are constantly searching for innovative new ways to provide a best-in-class experience for our customers, delivering leading-edge technology at a price point suitable for mass deployment across small and large fleets,” said William Trainer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vicinity Motor Corp. “Testing of the Coil Drive System, which offers lower energy consumption and high performance relative to existing systems, could prove to be an exciting competitive advantage and further extend the range of our electric buses.”

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“We are thrilled to bring enhanced electric buses to the market alongside Vicinity”, said Sue Ozdemir, Chief Executive Officer of Exro. “This commercial partnership highlights our dedication to bring the Coil Driver™ to emerging electric mobility markets and provide our partners with a clear edge over the competition.”