Patrick Collignon, former COO for Volvo Trucks North and South America, has launched a startup called Trova Commercial Vehicles. The new company, which is located at a business incubation center in Fairlawn, Virginia, offers customized engineering and manufacturing expertise for electric trucks. TrovaCV will offer its industrial model and manufacturing capability to other commercial vehicle OEMs, and also develop its own fully electric vehicle.
Collignon has more than 30 years of international experience in the commercial vehicle industry with GM and the Volvo Group. He has incubated several companies, and held board positions in economic and industry federations. In 2007, he was instrumental in making the Volvo plant in Ghent, Belgium, a carbon-neutral automotive plant.
“This is an exciting time, as the electric commercial vehicle market is being reshaped,” says Collignon, founder and CEO of the new company. “While technology and innovation have made it possible to convert fuel-powered commercial vehicles into electric vehicles, we haven’t seen a production model capable of producing the required volume of fully electric commercial vehicles to meet the demand. We believe that our engineering approach will offer OEMs the opportunity to build a higher volume of electric vehicles at a lower cost. At the same time, we will utilize our chassis design experience to achieve a complete EV build design from the ground up.”
Source: Trova Commercial Vehicles