Zeus Electric Chassis Selects Edison Manufacturing as Assembly Partner
For Immediate Release: White Bear Lake | MN, Nov. 13, 2023
Edison to Build Pilot Battery Electric Class 5 Trucks for Sacramento Utility in 2024
Zeus Electric Chassis Inc. of White Bear Lake, MN, and Edison Manufacturing and Engineering, Inc. of Port Huron, MI, have agreed via a memorandum of understanding to partner in the production of Class 5 chassis cab work trucks starting in 2024. Zeus is in later stages of design and validation to become an OEM of battery electric zero emission work trucks suited for multiple commercial applications. As evidenced by high levels of interest at the recent ACT Expo in Anaheim, CA, the traditional chassis-cab configuration remains the popular choice of many utility, municipal and service companies to perform professional tasks. Transportation and delivery applications are easily supported as well.
Zeus trucks have attracted attention with their unique appearance and have undergone a redefinition of chassis underpinnings to be more attractive to commercial fleet customers in performance, serviceability and cost. Zeus has defined a class 5 launch configuration of 2WD with a dual rear wheel e-axle, conventional cab and a new 800V electrical architecture.
Edison is a contract manufacturer that specializes in flexible, capital-efficient production of low volume mobility and mobility-related products, such as specialty vehicles. Its sister organization, PJ Wallbank Springs, Inc. has been a trusted tier one automotive component manufacturing supplier since 1982, also based in Port Huron. Edison excels at production execution, as well as process development for low volume production. As such, as the agreement is further defined, Edison may also assist Zeus with process engineering. The parallel development of the assembly process while Zeus completes product development is a great match. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has publicly supported Zeus’ efforts to bring electric work trucks to market and provided pilot orders to prove their resolve. The first units to be built by Edison in 2024 are targeted for delivery to SMUD.
Edison VP and General Manager, Brandon Bartneck said “We are delighted to join this journey with Zeus to electrify the commercial fleet work truck market segment, and we’re excited about Zeus’ differentiated product. We continue to grow our portfolio as a trusted production partner for companies launching new products in the electrification space, and we’re eager to further expand our impact.”
About Zeus Electric Chassis Inc.: Zeus is a commercial vehicle OEM targeting the class 4-6 battery electric work truck segments. Based in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Zeus has since its founding been focused on these underserved medium duty commercial fleet markets with the latest in zero emission propulsion and accommodation to specialty vocational truck body OEM manufacturers. Zeus has the ability and willingness to design and implement select customization for diverse end-customer applications. On the leading edge of the electrification trend in the industry, Zeus will have its class 5 product in the market years ahead of traditional manufacturers with fully electric chassis cab offerings.
About Edison Manufacturing and Engineering, Inc.: Edison is a contract manufacturing partner, specializing in flexible, reliable, and capital efficient assembly of complex mobility and energy products that don’t neatly fit within traditional high-volume production. This includes new technology – such as electrification, automation, and hydrogen-powered systems-as well as legacy products. Edison provides a product- and customer-centric solution that has been proven for low and niche volume builds. Their core expertise lies in production execution, manufacturing engineering, and supply chain management; and they work with established partners to provide a turn-key solution, spanning the full product development cycle.
Zeus Electric Chassis, Inc.:
Wayne Kugel – Chief Operating Officer
Edison Manufacturing and Engineering, Inc.
Brandon Bartneck – VP and General Manager