IRVINE, Calif. – B-ON, an electric vehicle (EV) solutions provider, has partnered with Karma Automotive, a US-based producer of luxury EVs. B-ON will produce its fully electric light commercial vehicles (eLCVs) at Karma’s facility in California starting this year.
Pre-production for the initial run of delivery truck vehicles for B-ON is set to begin in July 2023 at Karma’s ISO certified 555,000 sq ft Innovation and Customization Center (KICC). The facility has a capacity to produce up to 30,000 vehicles annually and will run a full-scale production starting from 2024.
According to Stefan Krause, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of B-ON, demand for their electric light commercial vehicles is expected to outstrip production capacity in Germany alone. The partnership with Karma’s facility in California will allow B-ON to address the booming North and South American markets while also having access to Karma’s world-class workforce and capabilities.
Jeff Wawryzniak, CEO of Karma Automotive, noted that the market for electric commercial vehicles is poised for rapid growth and is proud to be partnering with B-ON to be the exclusive manufacturer in North America of their last mile delivery vehicles. He added that B-ON’s product combined with Karma’s existing technical expertise and Customized Flexible Manufacturing operational capabilities as an OEM is a recipe for success.
The Karma Innovation and Customization Center offers a comprehensive range of flexible vehicle manufacturing, engineering, and customization services, including complete vehicle assembly with full paint capabilities and world-class engineering, homologation testing, vehicle certification, and supply chain management services.
B–ON is a full-service solution provider democratizing fleet electrification, providing access to tried and tested electric vehicles plus the entire ecosystem of supporting services needed to electrify any fleet. By bringing together financing and insurance, service and maintenance, charging and energy management, telematics, driver solutions, and proven electric vehicles through one single point of contact, B–ON makes smarter EVs and the electrification process accessible to all fleets, whether big or small. For more information, follow B–ON on LinkedIn or its website, www.b-on.com.
About Karma Automotive
Karma Automotive, founded in 2014, is a southern California based producer of luxury electric vehicles. Headquartered in Irvine, California with a production facility located in Moreno Valley, Karma sells vehicles via its dealer network in North America, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. Karma’s Innovation and Customization Center, which opened in 2017, offers world-class engineering, design, customization, and manufacturing services along with electrification platforms. Karma’s flagship vehicle, the Revero® GT, Green Car Journal’s 2020 Luxury Green Car of the Year™, is an electric vehicle powered by dual electric motors that embodies Karma’s goal of offering leading technology with a luxury experience. In 2021 Karma announced the GS-6 Series which is also an extended-range series hybrid EV. Additionally, Karma provides world class commercial vehicle electrification and Customized Flexible Manufacturing services for customers in the mobility space via ‘Powered by Karma.’ Powered By Karma is the evolution of Karma’s business development group that provides business to business (B2B) modular vehicle electrification solutions and services to outside customers.