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CALGARY, Alberta (November 18, 2022) – Exro Technologies Inc. (TSX: EXRO, OTCQB: EXROF) (the "Company" or "Exro") is pleased to announce that the company is the recipient of the 2022 “Illuminations Award for Business Innovation” from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). The NEMA Nominations and Awards Committee selected Exro based on its technical innovation and application of advanced technology. Exro is honored to be recognized amongst prior recipients from the e-mobility space, including companies such as ChargePoint Holdings Inc.
Founded in 1926, NEMA is an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization (SDO) made up of business leaders, electrical experts, engineers, scientists, and technicians. The “Illuminations Award for Business Innovation” is an annual recognition of a company that has demonstrated success through entrepreneurial expertise, application of advanced technology, or pioneering innovation. This year’s award was accepted last evening by Sue Ozdemir, CEO of Exro, at NEMA’s Annual Meeting and Awards Gala Dinner in Amelia Island, Florida.
In accepting this honor, Sue Ozdemir stated, “It gives me great pride to accept this award from NEMA, an organization which I respect dearly for its contributions to our industry, and which shares Exro’s commitment to leading the transition towards a sustainable electrified world. While Exro is a relative newcomer on the electrification stage, we continue to punch above our weight-class having advanced our innovative proprietary technologies for e-mobility (Coil Driver™) and stationary energy storage (Cell Driver™) from relative proof-of-concepts in 2019 to manufacturing commercialization with the start of series production in Q3 2023. We are incredibly grateful to NEMA for this recognition and for the industry leadership they provide to the many great electrical products manufacturers.”
An electric motor is only as smart as the controller telling it how to behave. At Exro, our theory is that if we make the controller smarter, we can increase the performance of the entire powertrain. Exro accomplishes this with a new generation of power control electronics called the Coil Driver™. The Coil Driver™ takes the prior-art physics of coil-switching and provides the ability to control an electric motor at the individual coil level through the power electronics embedded in the inverter. This coil-level control provides the ability to switch motor profiles in real-time to deliver two separate speed-torque profiles from the same motor, effectively expanding the operating range of the motor by functioning like an electronic gear. This allows manufacturers significant flexibility in design: Exro’s technology can increase performance by up to 50% for a marginal cost increase or can optimize the system to reduce the weight, complexity, and up to 20% cost savings of their powertrains without sacrificing performance. The Coil Driver™ also removes the on-board charger for high voltage drives. The removal of additional equipment simplifies the system, reduces system energy loss, and enables design flexibility for integrators. This leads to major cost efficiencies for electric transportation modes, providing the potential to accelerate the transportation industry's transition away from combustion engines by solving automakers' performance-cost trade-offs. Series production of the Coil Driver™ will begin from Exro's world-class manufacturing facility in Calgary, Alberta beginning in Q3 2023, offering customers the security of North American supply for up to 300,000 units per year.
With the global push towards sustainable clean energy solutions, the market outlook for stationary energy storage continues to grow. Stress on utility grids has resulted in rolling blackouts in places such as California, Texas, Arizona and more. These blackouts, combined with inflated peak rate charges for electricity, highlight the growing need for flexible back up energy storage solutions, particularly for commercial and industrial applications. As the world looks to accelerate adoption rates in the electrification of transportation and energy storage, one of the greatest challenges to be addressed in the next 5-10 years is the supply of batteries. While applicable for new batteries, the primary objective of Exro’s Cell Driver™ technology is to provide an effective solution for second-life applications, providing significant cost savings by reviving and utilizing used EV and telecom batteries for a second-life application. Enabling reuse of these cells is critical to reducing the environmental and climate change impacts associated with battery recycling and disposal and offering a real-world solution that leads the way to a circular electrified economy. Exro’s Cell Driver™ is equipped with the company’s battery control system technology, next-generation innovation that expands the capabilities of batteries by dynamically monitoring and controlling at the cell level. Its ability to store excess clean solar power reduces energy costs for large power consumers by enabling greater control over when they draw electricity from their local utility grid. Electricity rates vary based on when and how unique power sources are used, and energy stored in Exro’s Cell Driver™ can be used to power EV charging stations and C&I facilities when rates are higher to keep energy costs low.
Exro Technologies Inc. is a leading clean technology company that has developed new generation power control electronics that change how the world optimizes energy by expanding the capabilities of electric motors and batteries. The company’s innovative technologies serve to bridge the performance-cost gap in e-mobility (Coil Driver™) and stationary energy storage (Cell Driver™), and act to accelerate adoption towards a circular electrified economy by delivering more with less – minimum energy for maximum results.
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