China owns three-quarters of the extracted industry of minerals for EV batteries, but a lot of these minerals are found all over the world. The EV Report recently sat down with the CEO of Beam Global, Desmond Wheatley to get a better understanding of how the U.S. could improve the EV battery supply chain and minimize the distributions caused by outsourcing the raw materials outside of the country.

About Desmond Wheatley

Wheatley joined BEAM as a consultant in 2010 when it was Envision Solar, and has served as the Company’s CEO since 2011 and as Chairman of the Board since 2016. He has two decades of senior international management experience in technology systems integration, energy management, communications and renewable energy. He was a founding partner in the international consulting practice Crichton Hill LLC. Prior to Crichton Hill, Wheatley was CEO of iAxis FZ LLC, a Dubai-based alternative energy and technology systems integration company. From 2000 to 2007, he held a variety of senior management positions at San Diego-based Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, fka Wireless Facilities with the last five years as President of ENS, the largest independent security and energy management systems integrator in the USA. Prior to ENS, Wheatley held senior management positions in the cellular and broadband wireless industries, deploying infrastructure and lobbying in Washington DC on behalf of major wireless service providers. Wheatley has founded, funded and operated four profitable start-up companies and was previously engaged in M&A activities. Wheatley evaluated acquisition opportunities, conducted due diligence and raised commitments of $500M in debt and equity.

About Beam Global – Beam Global is a clean technology leader providing innovative, sustainable products and technologies for electric vehicle (EV) charging, energy storage, energy security and outdoor media. Core platforms include Beam EV ARC™ and Solar Tree® sustainable EV charging systems, Beam AllCell™ high-performance energy storage solutions, energy resiliency and disaster preparedness products and a deep patent library.

Beam develops, patents, designs, engineers and manufactures unique and advanced clean mobility solutions that protect the environment, save customers time and money, empower communities and keep people moving. Beam sustainable EV charging product lines offer off-grid level 2 and DCFC EV charging solutions that eliminate the construction, disruption, risks, carbon footprint, and costs of grid-tied solutions. Rapidly deployed, solar-powered EV ARC™ products require no electrical work, no construction, no utility bill and can charge EVs during grid outages. Beam AllCell™ highly flexible battery platform architecture is ideally suited for applications where energy density, safety and bespoke enclosures require high power in small spaces. Drones, submersibles, recreational products and a host of micro-mobility and EV products can use battery pack formats optimized for each product’s unique attributes. Beam products can deliver electricity with no connection to the grid for energy resiliency and disaster preparedness.

Beam EV ARC™ EV charging infrastructure systems support any quality brand EV charging service equipment, and Beam AllCell™ battery solutions power micro-mobility, terrestrial EVs, aviation, maritime and recreational vehicles as well as stationery and energy-security platforms.

Based in San Diego and Chicago, Beam Global produces Made-in-America products with the mission to Lead the World to Clean Mobility. Beam Global is listed on Nasdaq under the symbols BEEM and BEEMW.

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