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B–ON and MIH announce shared urban mobility vision

In a groundbreaking partnership announcement, B–ON, the global clean mobility provider, and Mobility in Harmony (MIH), the worldwide open ecosystem for electric vehicles (EVs), have revealed their shared vision to revolutionize urban mobility and last-mile delivery. The exciting announcement took place live at the Japan Mobility Show in Tokyo.

Under this strategic alliance, B–ON will integrate its cutting-edge “Pelkan” 100% electric light commercial vehicle (eLCV) and innovative smart package dispenser technology with MIH’s last-mile delivery and software solutions. Additionally, B–ON’s “ElectrOS” electrification services will be collaboratively integrated, enhancing the overall fleet electrification experience for customers.

The Pelkan EV, designed for urban last-mile delivery, made its debut at the Japan Mobility Show, showcasing B–ON’s innovative smart package dispenser technology. The smart dispenser aims to streamline the loading and unloading of packages, saving time and effort for drivers. B–ON estimates that this improvement in productivity could result in up to $9,000 in additional delivery revenues per vehicle annually. The smart dispenser will be available as an optional add-on for the Pelkan and can also be fitted to other vehicles, beginning in the second quarter of 2024.

B–ON’s Pelkan eLCV is cost-competitive, ergonomic, and seamlessly connected to the company’s proven operating system. It is expected to be available in 43 and 54 kWh battery variants from 2024.

The full worldwide debut of the Pelkan eLCV is scheduled for CES in January, with plans for its market introduction in 2024. This collaboration between B–ON and MIH is set to drive significant advancements in the urban mobility and electric vehicle industry.

Bruno Lambert, CEO of B–ON, stated, “At B–ON, our goal is to create more SPACE in cities by making fleets, vehicles, and their drivers the most productive for fast-growing commercial transportation. There is simply no way that any one player in this industry can bring that reality to life alone. MIH’s open platform approach is a critical development for meaningfully moving our transportation systems forward. I predict that this is only the beginning of a much larger symbiotic cooperation between us.”

Mobility in Harmony (MIH) is an open EV development platform initiated by multinational electronics manufacturer Foxconn, officially established in 2021, and includes industry giants such as Microsoft.

Jack Cheng, CEO of MIH, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, saying, “MIH and B–ON are strongly aligned in our shared vision for shaping the future of urban mobility through EVs, cutting-edge software, and service innovations that enhance productivity for B2B customers. We are eager to explore synergies and maximize business opportunities harnessing the strengths of each other’s products and services in this rapidly evolving space.”

The collaboration between B–ON and MIH promises to be a significant catalyst for advancements in electric vehicles, software solutions, and last-mile delivery services, driving innovation and sustainability in the evolving world of urban mobility.

Automobility Ltd is excited that its EXCELerate portfolio company B-ON is entering an strategic partnership with Foxconn’s MIH and adding another milestone by bringing its vehicles to the global eLCV market.

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