Press Release

Exro to Repurpose evTS Electric Vehicle Batteries into Second-Life Energy Storage System

December 16, 2021
  • Exro has announced a development partnership with evTS, a speciality EV manufacturer that produces purpose-built, lightweight commercial utility vehicles, to repurpose the batteries from evTS’ flagship FireFly® ESV for reuse in a second-life energy storage application.
  • The pilot project will aim to optimize and repurpose the FireFly ESV batteries into a second life, supporting 5-10 years of additional second-life use, with its Energy Storage System (ESS), which is equipped with its patented Battery Control System™ (BCS) technology.
  • Exro is also exploring how its technology can optimize the FireFly ESV batteries’ first-life applications, demonstrating its nimble ability to solve additional challenges for existing customers.

Calgary, Alberta (December 16, 2021) – Exro Technologies Inc. (TSX:EXRO, OTCQB: EXROF) (the “Company” or “Exro”), a leading clean technology company that has developed a new class of power electronics for electric motors and batteries, announced today a development partnership with evTransportation Services Inc. ("evTS"), a Boston-based specialty electric vehicle manufacturer, to repurpose batteries from evTS’ pure-electric FireFly ESV commercial utility vehicle for second-life battery energy storage applications. Exro's Energy Storage System (ESS), equipped with its Battery Control System™ (BCS) technology, can extend the retired electric vehicle (EV)batteries into a second life and demonstrates Exro’s ability to reduce both carbon emissions and rare earth material consumption.

evTS' flagship product, the FireFly® ESV, is a purpose-built, lightweight commercial utility vehicle that is both street-legal and highway-capable. The FireFly ESV is built with safe Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery technology and an advanced battery management system to improve charging and energy efficiency with up to 10 years of useful life. At the end of its first life, the FireFly ESV LFP battery may still have remaining battery capacity, but no longer has the efficiency required for use in EV applications. These cells are ideal for a test bench demonstration of Exro’s next-generation 90kW ESS, which allows retired EV battery cells to be efficiently reused for stationary second-life energy storage applications.

“By partnering with Exro, we hope to further bolster the environmentally friendly profile of our vehicles – providing our batteries with a second-life as an energy storage system,” said Greg Horne, Chief Technology Officer at evTS. “Our FireFly ESV will not only help to drive forward the future of last-mile delivery, as through our partnership with Exro, we will help eliminate battery disposal issues and contribute to the circular economy.”

Exro’s patented BCS is an innovative battery management inverter combined with advanced cell control software that can expand the capabilities of batteries by enabling a great depth of control on the cells. In this case, Exro will pilot a test bench demonstrator that integrates its BCS technology with the FireFly ESV LFP batteries to repurpose the retired battery cells and extend them into a second life in an ESS application. LFP batteries are a growing standard in electric mobility applications because of their safety and reliability advantages while improving on access to raw materials. The test bench demonstrator results are expected inQ3 of 2022.

“As electric vehicle batteries reach end of first life, we know there is a growing market for LFP batteries that can be repurposed for second-life energy storage applications,” said Sue Ozdemir, CEO of Exro. “EV manufacturers can experience significant cost savings by reviving and utilizing second-life batteries and we’re excited to partner with evTS on a pilot project to extend the life of their FireFly ESV batteries, while supporting their sustainable electric vehicle repurposing processes.”

As Exro and development partner evTS collaborate on the second-life ESS solution, the teams are also evaluating how Exro’s intelligent control technology can optimize the FireFly ESV for first-life applications.

About Exro Technologies Inc.

Exro is a clean technology company pioneering intelligent control solutions in power electronics to help solve the most challenging problems in electrification. Exro has developed a new class of control technology that expands the capabilities of electric motors, generators, and batteries. Exro enables the application to achieve more with less energy consumed.

Exro’s advanced motor control technology, the Coil Driverᵀᴹ, expands the capabilities of electric powertrains by enabling intelligent optimization for efficient energy consumption. Exro is working with many partners from all over the world to bring their technology to the electric mobility industries and beyond.

For more information visit our website at www.exro.com.

Visit us on social media @exrotech.

Contact Information

Investor inquiries: ir@exro.com

Canada investors: Jake Bouma at 604-317-3936

United States investors: Vic Allgeier at 646-841-4220

Media inquiries: media@exro.com

 

About evTS

evTransportation Services Inc. ("evTS") is a specialty vehicle manufacturer that produces purpose-built, pure-electric lightweight commercial utility vehicles and provides fleet management solutions. Founded in 2015, the Boston-based company's flagship product, the FireFly ESV is aimed at the essential services transportation and urban e-mobility markets, which represent an annual domestic replacement market of approximately 400,000 vehicles, or roughly $10 billion annually. End user applications for the Company's vehicles include parking management, security and perimeter patrol, parks and sidewalk maintenance, utility meter reading, property and building management, airports, seaports, sanitation, university and corporate campuses, and last mile on-demand urban delivery.

For more information, visit the Company's website at www.evTS.com.

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  • Exro’s expectations with respect to its future financial position, technology development, advancement and its ability to take advantage of future opportunities.

Some of the risks which could affect future results and could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information and statements contained herein include the risk factors set out in Exro’s annual information form and also include, but not limited to:

  • A joint development of the technology by evTS and Exro to allows retired EV battery cells to be efficiently reused for stationary second-life energy storage applications may not realize unless the validation testing is complete and successful; and
  • Delays incompletion of the test bench demonstrator results in Q3 of 2022.

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