ALAMEDA, Calif., Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Wrightspeed Inc., the leading manufacturer of range-extended electric vehicle (REV) powertrains for heavy-duty applications, announced today it has appointed four advanced engineering and commercialization veterans. Tim Dummer, Greg Anderson, Erin Sawyer and Vlad Kalika are joining the Business Operations, Production and Engineering teams respectively. Recently relocated to an 110,000 sq ft manufacturing space in the emerging Alameda Point technology center, Wrightspeed is expanding to meet rapidly growing demand for its award-winning Route™ REV powertrain systems.
"Solving the inefficiencies in heavy and medium duty transportation is a multi-billion-dollar market opportunity, but few existing solutions are both economically compelling and technically viable," said Tim Dummer, Chief Business Officer of Wrightspeed. "Wrightspeed has emerged as one of the most promising companies in the space - delivering a product that can outperform incumbent powertrains and attracting global interest from the top players in refuse, delivery and mass transit markets. I'm pleased to join the team as it delivers best-in-class technologies to customers and partners around the world."
Tim Dummer, Chief Business Officer. A veteran of Fortune 100's including GE and DuPont, Dummer has led the commercialization of 10+ world-first technologies ranging from advanced materials, electrical systems & biotechnology. Most recently at Rennovia and Solazyme, he has forged strategic global partnerships and negotiated technical, commercial & distribution agreements worth up to $20+ M/year, resulting in new businesses with $100+ M/year revenues. Dummer will oversee all aspects of strategic partnerships, customer relationships and product growth at Wrightspeed.
Greg Anderson, Vice President of Manufacturing. With deep expertise in the advanced manufacturing sector, most recently at Restoration Robotics, Anderson has led manufacturing from inception to mass commercialization and has been instrumental in implementing the methodology required to bring products from proof of concept to commercialization. Anderson will combine his experience and skill with knowledge of high-performance vehicles to manage all aspects of Wrightspeed's supply chain and production.
Erin Sawyer, Supply Chain Director. Bringing over 15 years of automotive and controls expertise from some of the biggest names in the industry, from Tesla Motors and Ford to Honeywell and Cummins, Sawyer has led teams geared at improving efficiency and fuel economy in the commercial vehicles space. In her most recent role as the Head of Purchasing for Core Technologies at Tesla, Sawyer developed strategic sourcing and procurement strategies to scale production for the Model S and X. Now, at Wrightspeed, Sawyer will spearhead strategic sourcing, global supply chain management, and product development as the company commercializes its powertrain technology. A vocal advocate for women in STEM, Sawyer is an officer in the Society of Women Engineers, as well as an active participant in community outreach groups dedicated to increasing opportunities for women and girls in high-tech engineering.
Vlad Kalika, Director of Engineering. As one of the first hires at Bloom Energy, Kalika was key in accelerating the commercialization of the company's solid oxide fuel cell technology. At Wrightspeed, Kalika will bring his talents in optimizing efficiency to lead engineering developments for the Route powertrains.
Wrightspeed is growing rapidly. The company recently showcased its powertrain technology alongside Mack Trucks at WasteExpo 2016 in Las Vegas and signed a $30+M deal with NZ Bus, signaling multinational and multimodal demand for the company's breakthrough powertrain technology. In June, the company was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Wrightspeed CEO, Ian Wright was an invited presenter to the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum.
"We've entered a pivotal phase in the company as we scale production to meet global customer demand," said Ian Wright, CEO of Wrightspeed. "As we deliver our powertrains to new customers throughout the commercial transportation sector, Tim, Greg, Erin and Vlad bolster our commercialization capabilities and will be instrumental in expanding our industry and global footprint."
About Wrightspeed Inc.
Wrightspeed Inc. is the leading manufacturer of range-extended electric vehicle powertrains for heavy-duty applications. Built on a tradition of quality systems engineering, Wrightspeed's powertrains are the next step in the evolution of vehicle propulsion. Its flagship product, the Route™ was designed to transcend commercial truck efficiency and performance, providing unlimited range and dramatically reduced fuel costs. Located in Silicon Valley, Wrightspeed was founded by Ian Wright, co-founder of Tesla Motors. For more information about Wrightspeed visit: http://wrightspeed.com/ and follow us on Twitter at @GOWrightspeed.
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