About Zeus Electric Chassis

Envisioning a world where work is performed in an efficient,​ cost-effective, safe, and environmentally sound way.​

Zeus is a leading class 4-6 purpose-built, severe-duty, electric work truck solution in North America.

Our mission is to engineer and manufacture uncompromising, full-electric vocational solutions that address environmental and industry needs.

Our ground up approach and willingness to co-develop allows our customers to reimagine their future business model.

Zeus is well networked within the eMobility ecosystem, partnering with market leading technology suppliers, work truck OEM’s, end-user fleets, and non-profit industry leaders with the mission of accelerating EV adoption nationwide.

Zeus Electric Chassis’ first customer is the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). SMUD is the 6th largest community-owned, not-for-profit electric service provider in the US.

Zeus will be delivering five purpose-built vocational work trucks in Q1 of 2022 and will be supporting a 6-month fleet adoption program. Zeus is partnered with the California Mobility Center and E Source to ensure program success.

Zeus Electric Chassis™ Inc. is a Delaware corporation based in White Bear Lake, MN that develops severe-duty electric eMobility solutions.

Executive Leadership

Zeus benefits from an exceptional executive​ team with deep automotive and technology experience and an established record of success.​

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Wayne Kugel

Wayne Kugel

Chief Executive Officer
Over 20 years in Operational and Executive Management, Computing, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence with Cray, HPE and IBM
Robert Grinstead

Robert Grinstead

Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Over 25 years Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Specialty and Vocational Trucks; Medium, Heavy-Duty and Specialized Truck Electrification Industry Expert

Bill Brandt

Chief Revenue Officer
Over 33 Years of Experience in Motion & Control Vehicle Integration Technologies, Aerospace, Military Ground Vehicles and Mobile On-Highway Industries
Frank Phillips Jr

Frank Phillips Jr

Vice President of Operations and Engineering
35 Years of Operations Organizational Structure Management, Including MRP, ISO and Operations Systems Implementation and Engineering Design and Program Management

Jim Steffes

Vice President Sales & Dealer Development
North American Fleet Association Board Leader; Over 20 years Commercial Vehicle Fleet Sales, Solutions and Management; Driven to Build Continuous Growth and High-Performance Teams

Phil Steffes

Vice President and General Counsel
40 Years Legal and Contracts Experience in High Tech Industries and Advising Emerging Companies in the Midwest
Janet Janiszewski

Janet Janiszewski

Human Resources Consultant
Over 25 Years Experience Leading Human Resources for Companies in the Medical, CPG, and Service Industries
Peter Tawil

Peter Tawil

Business Development Manager, Western Region
15 Years Business Development & Sales Experience with Businesses Ranging from Startups to Fortune 100 Companies
David Freeman

David Freeman

Operations Engineer
30 Years Experience in Prototype Machine Design, Industrial Automation and Process Control, Creating Solutions for Efficient Workflow and Increased Production While Decreasing Defects

Joel Eckman

Digital Asset Manager
Over 25 Years Experience Helping Industrial Manufacturing Companies Compete and Succeed in the Digital Space

Meredith Brandt

Communications Manager
10 years Engineering in Aerospace Industry, Community Organizer and Events Planner