Industry Veterans Justin Yee and Mathew Freiheit join the Xos Engineering Team
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Xos, Inc. (“Xos”), a leading manufacturer of fully electric Class 5 to Class 8 commercial vehicles that has announced a planned business combination with NextGen Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: NGAC, “NextGen”), today announced the hiring of two senior engineering leaders, Justin Yee and Mathew Freiheit. Mr. Yee has been appointed Director of Advanced Vehicle Engineering for Xos and Mr. Freiheit has been appointed Xos’ Chief Engineer.
In their new roles, Mr. Yee and Mr. Freiheit will report to Xos’ CTO Rob Ferber and will work to advance its Class 8 technology, ushering in a new era of engineering innovation and success. Both Mr. Yee and Mr. Freiheit are highly qualified industry veterans, who together bring over 40 years of trucking engineering expertise. These appointments build upon Xos’ continued efforts to expand its workforce and drive product innovation.
“I am delighted that Justin and Mathew are bringing their wealth of experience and trade knowledge to our engineering team,” commented Rob Ferber, CTO of Xos. “Our cutting-edge technology has allowed us to develop electric commercial vehicles at a much lower operating cost than our competitors while offering a seamless and supportive customer experience. We owe these achievements to our talented engineering team, and we are pleased to welcome Justin and Mathew to propel the team even further.”
Mr. Yee most recently served as Manager of eMobility HV Battery Systems for Daimler Trucks North America (“Daimler”), where he managed the Battery Systems team. He previously served as Manager of Advanced Engineering, Daimler, applying advanced technologies to the trucking industry. Prior to joining Daimler, Mr. Yee was the Lead Sr. Design Engineer for NEC Eluminant Technologies and a Project Engineer at Micro Power Electronics. Mr. Yee received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Portland State University.
Mr. Freiheit most recently served as the Director of Manufacturing at Cover Technology, where he applied his automotive manufacturing skillset to the home-building world. He also previously worked as a Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Apple, developed the Advanced Manufacturing team at BYTON, led the development of the Tesla Motor Dimensional Engineering & Metrology department at Tesla, and served as a Design Engineer in multiple roles at Kenworth Truck Company. Mr. Freiheit received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Central Washington University.
About Xos, Inc.
Xos, Inc. is an electric mobility company dedicated to making fleets more efficient. Xos designs and develops fully electric battery mobility systems specifically for commercial fleets. The company’s primary focus is on medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles that travel on “last mile” routes (i.e. predictable routes that are less than 200 miles per day). The company leverages its proprietary technologies to provide commercial fleets zero emission vehicles that are easier to maintain and more cost-efficient on a total cost of ownership (TCO) basis than their internal combustion engine and commercial EV counterparts. For more information, please visit www.xostrucks.com.
NextGen Acquisition Corporation is a blank check company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. NextGen is led by George Mattson, a former Partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Gregory Summe, former Chairman and CEO of Perkin Elmer and Vice Chairman of the Carlyle Group. NextGen is listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “NGAC.” For more information, please visit www.nextgenacq.com.
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This document relates to a proposed transaction between Xos and NextGen. This document is not a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the potential transaction and shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. In connection with the proposed transaction, NextGen filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC on May 14, 2021, as amended by Amendment No. 1 to the registration statement filed on Form S-4 with the SEC on June 25, 2021, Amendment No. 2 to the registration statement filed on Form S-4 with the SEC on July 22, 2021 and Amendment No. 3 to the registration statement filed on Form S-4 with the SEC on July 28, 2021, which includes a document that serves as a prospectus and proxy statement of NextGen (the “proxy statement/prospectus”). The proxy statement/prospectus will be sent to all NextGen shareholders. NextGen also will file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC. Before making any voting decision, investors and security holders of NextGen are urged to read the registration statement, the proxy statement/prospectus included therein and all other relevant documents filed or that will be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction as they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement, the proxy statement/prospectus included therein and all other relevant documents filed or that will be filed with the SEC by NextGen through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. The documents filed by NextGen with the SEC also may be obtained free of charge at NextGen’s website at https://www.nextgenacq.com/nextgen-i.html or upon written request to 2255 Glades Road, Suite 324A, Boca Raton, Florida 33431.
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