VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ElectraMeccanica Corp. Vehicles (NASDAQ: SOLO) (“ElectraMeccanica” or the “Company”), a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, today announced the appointment of Dave Shemmans, a UK-based sustainability and transport industry leader, to its Board of Directors as an Independent Director, effective Monday, August 23, 2021. Shemmans served as CEO of Ricardo PLC (LSE: RCDO) for the past 16 years, where he grew the company from a automotive engineering company limited to global multi-industry engineering and environmental consulting. The Times of London recently called Dave Shemmans one of Britain’s oldest and best-loved automotive leaders.
Dave Shemmans brings to ElectraMeccanica extensive experience in the transportation industry with direct involvement in building global businesses around innovation and technology, primarily focused on electrification and decarbonization. Shemmans previously co-founded Wavedriver, an electric vehicle powertrain company, which he led through two funding rounds from patented concept to production, delivering electric and hybrid vehicle demonstrators in Brazil, Australia, Italy and the UK. In addition to his current responsibilities as CEO of Ricardo PLC, Shemmans is a Non-Executive Director of Sutton and East Surrey Water, a major UK regulated water company serving customers in parts of Surrey, Kent and South London.
Shemmans holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and an executive certification from Harvard Business School.
“We believe that Dave’s direct experience leading the development of electrified automotive products and his demonstrated ability to scale new technologies in global markets will make him instrumental in the future evolution of our products,” said said ElectraMeccanica President and CEO Paul Rivera. “In addition, his entrepreneurial experience, complemented by his sixteen years at the helm of a UK-based listed company, provides him with a solid foundation to help us execute our global growth strategy and advise on corporate governance.
Shemmans added, “Right now is an exciting and important time in the progress of ElectraMeccanica. With the impacts of climate change visible around us, there is a compelling need for decarbonized and electrified vehicles in commercial and consumer markets. Additionally, with the continued impact of the pandemic on public transportation and general congestion in city centers, the SOLO presents a clear and viable alternative for individual and fleet-based transportation on a global scale. I look forward to working alongside Paul and the rest of the Board to capture these significant market opportunities and realize the company’s vision of a SOLO revolution.”
The company also wishes to announce that Peter Savagian will step down and leave the ElectraMeccanica Board of Directors to pursue other obligations effective August 23, 2021.
Rivera added, “I would like to thank Peter for his valuable contributions to our Board of Directors during his nearly two-year tenure. He has been a tremendous asset and we wish him the best as he focuses on other business endeavors.
With these changes, the composition of ElectraMeccanica’s board of directors remains at eight directors, four of whom are independent.
About ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp.
ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) is a Canadian designer and manufacturer of energy-efficient electric vehicles (EVs). The company’s flagship vehicle is the innovative, purpose-built single-seat electric vehicle called the SOLO. This three-wheeled vehicle will revolutionize the urban driving experience, including commuting, delivery and shared mobility. the SOLO offers a unique, fashionable, fun, affordable and eco-friendly driving experience. InterMeccanica, a subsidiary of ElectraMeccanica, has been successfully building high-end specialty cars for 62 years. For more information, please visit www.electrameccanica.com.
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