TROY, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electric Last Mile, Inc. (“ELMS”) today announced that it has entered into strategic partnerships with Jing-Jin Electric North America, LLC (“JJE”), a global leader in electrified propulsion technologies, and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (“CATL”), a global leader in lithium-ion battery development and manufacturing, for the electric powertrain system in the ELMS Urban Delivery vehicle. The Urban Delivery, ELMS’ launch vehicle, is anticipated to be the first commercial electric vehicle (“EV”) in the class 1 segment in the U.S.
JJE will serve as ELMS’ partner for the source of electric motors and will provide related development and engineering support. CATL has separately agreed to supply its battery cells for the ELMS battery pack, leveraging CATL’s novel lithium-iron phosphate (“LFP”) battery chemistry, which enables high safety and reliability, long cycle life, cost savings and manufacturing simplicity.
In alignment with ELMS’ commitment to U.S. manufacturing, JJE also plans to localize production in the U.S. North American manufacturing will further enhance collaborative product development as well as just-in-time production, supply chain efficiency and quality metrics.
“We’re thrilled to partner with both JJE and CATL, two leading innovators in the field of electric propulsion systems,” said ELMS Chief Technology Officer, Kev Adjemian. “Pairing ELMS’ vehicle integration engineering expertise with JJE and CATL’s technologies will help us to ensure that our last mile fleet customers are provided with leading and reliable electric powertrain technologies to power their businesses.”
ELMS expects to begin production of the Urban Delivery in the second half of 2021. The Urban Delivery is anticipated to be the first Class 1 commercial EV in the U.S. based on the current competitive landscape and is also expected to offer fleet customers a lower total cost of ownership compared to competing internal combustion engine models.
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Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the agreement and plan of merger (“Merger Agreement”) relating to the business combination or could otherwise cause the business combination to fail to close; (2) the inability of ELMS to (x) execute the transaction agreements for the Carveout Transaction (as defined below) that are in form and substance acceptable to Forum (at Forum’s sole discretion), (y) acquire a leasehold interest or fee simple title to the Indiana manufacturing facility or (z) secure key intellectual property rights related to its proposed business; (3) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Forum or ELMS following the announcement of the business combination; (4) the inability to complete the business combination, including due to failure to obtain approval of the stockholders of Forum or other conditions to closing in the Merger Agreement; (5) the receipt of an unsolicited offer from another party for an alternative business transaction that could interfere with the business combination; (6) the inability to obtain the listing of the common stock of the post-acquisition company on the Nasdaq Stock Market or any alternative national securities exchange following the business combination; (7) the risk that the announcement and consummation of the business combination disrupts current plans and operations; (8) the inability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the business combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition and the ability of the combined company to grow and manage growth profitably and retain its key employees; (9) costs related to the business combination; (10) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (11) the possibility that ELMS may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; (12) the impact of COVID-19 on the combined company’s business; and (13) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the proxy statement filed relating to the business combination, including those under the “Risk Factors” section therein, and in Forum’s other filings with the SEC. Some of these risks and uncertainties may in the future be amplified by the COVID-19 outbreak and there may be additional risks that Forum and ELMS consider immaterial or which are unknown. Forum and ELMS caution that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive. Forum and ELMS caution readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. ELMS is currently engaged in limited operations only and its ability to carry out its business plans and strategies in the future are contingent upon the closing of the proposed business combination. The consummation of the business combination is subject to, among other conditions, (i) the execution and effectiveness of transaction agreements by ELMS with SF Motors, Inc. 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About Electric Last Mile, Inc.
ELMS is focused on redefining the last mile with efficient, customizable and sustainable solutions. ELMS’ first vehicle, the Urban Delivery, is anticipated to be the first Class 1 electric vehicle in the U.S. market. The company is headquartered in Troy, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.electriclastmile.com.