Lightning eMotors Names New Chief Manufacturing Officer

Lightning eMotors Names New Chief Manufacturing Officer

Industry veteran Brian Barron promoted to Lightning’s Executive team

  • Barron brings manufacturing background from Lucid Motors, BMW, and other recognized companies to Lightning eMotors
  • Proven track record of building and growing high quality, automation-focused manufacturing teams to help enable Lightning scale production, reduce costs, and improve margins

LOVELAND, Colo., January 14, 2022 – Lightning eMotors (NYSE: ZEV), a leading provider of medium-duty and specialty commercial zero emission vehicles for fleets, today announced that it has promoted Brian Barron to chief manufacturing officer. Barron will lead the manufacturing, vehicle assembly, and procurement functions as Lightning eMotors scales to meet its growth targets.

Barron has been the Vice President of Global Manufacturing at Lightning eMotors since June 2021. Prior to joining Lightning, Barron was the Director of Global Manufacturing at Lucid, an electric passenger vehicle manufacturing company. Barron also spent more than 19 years in a variety of key manufacturing roles at BMW Manufacturing Co.

“Interest in zero-emission commercial electric vehicles is growing quickly given the focus from regulatory agencies and corporations on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and we are scaling up our production at lightning speed to meet this demand,” said Tim Reeser, chief executive officer and co-founder of Lightning eMotors. “Brian has a proven track record of building and growing an efficient manufacturing team including the automation tools and systems that we need to accelerate production while lowering costs. In the past six months at Lightning, Brian has demonstrated the skills, experience, and leadership we need to drive Lightning into the future.”

Brian Barron - chief manufacturing officer at Lightning eMotors
Brain Barron heads Lightning eMotors’ manufacturing and vehicle assembly operations. (Photo: Lightning eMotors / D. Bennett)

Barron will serve as a member of Lightning eMotors’ executive team reporting to Reeser and  will lead the teams responsible for manufacturing Lightning’s all-electric powertrain, vehicle assembly across five different platform classes, procurement and supply chain, and facilities expansion and automation.

“We have increased our ability to deliver commercial electric vehicles significantly over the past year, but there is a lot of room for us to improve efficiency, scalability, and quality,” said Barron. “By expanding the use of automation tools we have put in place, such as collaborative robots and augmented reality systems for process control, we can deploy higher volumes of vehicles at improved margins without compromising our high-quality standards. I’m excited about the opportunity to help lead this growth.”

Barron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University and served in the United States Navy as a sonar technician for six years.

Barron is based in Loveland, Colorado.

About Lightning eMotors:

Lightning eMotors (NYSE: ZEV) has been providing specialized and sustainable fleet solutions since 2009, deploying complete zero-emission-vehicle (ZEV) solutions for commercial fleets since 2018 – including Class 3 cargo and passenger vans, ambulances, Class 4 and 5 cargo vans and shuttle buses, Class 4 Type A school buses, Class 6 work trucks, Class 7 city buses, and Class A motor coaches. The Lightning eMotors team designs, engineers, customizes, and manufactures zero-emission vehicles to support the wide array of fleet customer needs with a full suite of control software, telematics, analytics, and charging solutions to simplify the buying and ownership experience and maximize uptime and energy efficiency. To learn more, visit our website at https://lightningemotors.com.

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