by RUPINDER SINGH / pic courtesy of Gemilang International
JOHOR-BASED Gemilang International Ltd has teamed up with Nasdaq-listed GreenPower Motor Co Inc to collaborate, develop and market right-hand drive heavy-duty class four trucks and vans.
In a statement today, GreenPower said the partnership will be using its electric vehicle (EV) Star Cargo and EV Star Cab and Chassis to meet the demand of fleet customers across Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Founded in Vancouver, GreenPower makes and distributes zero-emission, electric-powered, medium and heavy-duty vehicles.
GreenPower CEO and chairman Fraser Atkinson said the company has already delivered a right-hand drive EV Star Cab and Chassis to Gemilang International and will be delivering additional EV Star Cab and Chassis and EV Star Cargo ordered by Gemilang International.
“As the world continues to transition to electric commercial vehicles, our enhanced partnership with Gemilang International enables GreenPower to be working from a position of strength with ready-now solutions to deliver to our customers in key global markets,” he said.
Gemilang International has more than 30 years of experience as a bus body manufacturer and has built bodies for various chassis of renowned companies, namely MAN, Volvo Cars, Mercedes-Benz, Scania AB and many more.
Headquartered in Malaysia, the Hong Kong-listed company is a leading manufacturer of bodywork for commercial vehicles with exports to more than 15 markets around the globe including Australia, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Hong Kong, meeting the road safety requirements in each country.
“I am excited that we are strengthening our relationship with GreenPower in response to the rising demands from our target markets,” said Gemilang International chairman and CEO Pang Chong Yong.
He added that GreenPower’s right-hand drive chassis will be bodied by Gemilang International and delivered to customers in Malaysia for trial.
Pang noted that the market potential is considerable as governments around the world are pushing for electrification and promoting the adoption of renewable energy.
“Market opportunities for the EV Star Cab and Chassis include using it as the platform for shuttle bus, school bus, motorhome and box trucks, as well as the EV Star Cargo upfitted for delivery, services, utility and last mile in potential markets including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and some others,” Pang alluded.
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of GreenPower’s ringing of the opening bell at Nasdaq MarketSite accompanied by demonstration drives around New York City on GreenPower’s award winning Nano BEAST.
“We were honoured that Gemilang International joined GreenPower and several of our partners yesterday in Times Square for the Nasdaq opening bell ceremony,” Atkinson concluded.