VivoPower International PLC has zeroed in on Canadian industrial equipment distributor Acces Industrial Mining Inc. for distribution of its Tembo electric light vehicles in Canada. Tembo e-LV B.V. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of VivoPower International PLC.
As per a proposed agreement, Acces would commit to purchase 1,675 Tembo e-LV conversion kits through December 2026 from VivoPower, acquire an equal number of Land Cruisers or Hilux from Toyota, convert the vehicles to ruggedised e-LVs using the Tembo solutions, sell the units on and be retained by customers for servicing and maintenance.
The Tembo kits transform diesel-powered Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux vehicles into ruggedised e-LVs for use in mining and other hard-to-decarbonise sectors, including construction and defence.
The proposed agreement must be finalised prior to June 30, 2021, unless the parties agree to an extension. VivoPower and Acces intend to finalise the proposed agreement as soon as possible.
The purchases from VivoPower could be worth an estimated $120 million in total value over the life of the proposed agreement.
VivoPower selected Acces as the distribution partner in Canada because of its established, long-term experience supplying, ruggedising and servicing Toyota Land Cruisers, as well as its extensive active relationships with dozens of mining companies, which make Acces the foremost player in Canada’s mining segment.
Kevin Chin, Executive Chairman and CEO of VivoPower, said, “We have been in dialogue with Acces for over six months. In that time, both of us have witnessed first-hand the significant increase in demand for net-zero carbon solutions in hard to decarbonise sectors, especially the mining industry. For VivoPower, this proposed agreement would be significant, as it would provide us with the launchpad to deliver our sustainable energy solutions into Canada, one of the largest mining markets in the world.”
Jean Dion, CEO of Acces, said, “Having evaluated the alternatives, we had no hesitation in signing this arrangement with VivoPower. In our opinion the Tembo product is clearly exceptional, and Acces will not be distributing any competitive product for the five years of the agreement. We are in constant dialogue with our mining, forestry, industrial and construction customers, and know-how quickly demand is building for solutions which can help deliver net-zero carbon emissions.”
The proposed agreement follows January’s distribution agreement with GB Auto Group Pty Limited and GB Electric Vehicles Pty Ltd for Australia.
VivoPower is targeting the completion of its global Tembo distribution network by December 2021. It is in discussions with other distributors for Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia.
Alongside solar generation, battery storage and on-site power distribution, Tembo e-LV products are a key component of VivoPower’s turnkey net-zero solutions for corporate decarbonisation.