Trade Show Tales: ISC West Security Show

Last month we headed over to the ISC West Security Show, the largest US security event featuring the latest products, training, and networking. There were 30,000+ security professionals who attended or exhibited at this year’s event and Xtreme Green Electric Vehicles was there as an exhibitor, showcasing our vehicles and the latest advancements we’ve made to assist security professionals. XGEV offers physical security service providers vehicle alternatives to replace typical foot patrol coverage and the use of highway vehicles that are costly in both maintenance and fuel consumption. Many of the vehicles offered by XGEV also enable the patrol officers to navigate areas that standard automobiles are unable to access while being a more powerful alternative to bicycles. All of our vehicles can be upfitted to accommodate various security needs, too. With a show all about advancement and technology, it was the perfect place for XGEV.

With this growing and important industry, Xtreme Green Electric Vehicles continues to develop and provide effective, efficient, and economical options for perimeter and campus security patrol needs. As global security needs continue to accelerate, the ability to provide improved physical patrol options is paramount to the efficiency and effectiveness of security providers.

XGEV Vice President Joseph Worrell was there to answer questions about XGEV and also learn about the latest technological advances in the security industry.

“I was interested to learn that economical options have been developed that provide the ability to globally track the location and movements of a single patrol vehicle using a small device installed on the vehicle and a smartphone app,” says Worrell. “There’s no need to purchase expensive software programs as in the past.”

At XGEV, we’re proud to be part of the technological advancement in the security industry. Hope to see you at the next ISC show!

The Xtreme Spotlight: IT Director Michael Polak

Michael Polak has over 15 years of experience in the IT Industry. He is skilled in a diverse array of enterprise software, hardware, systems implementation, architecture design, and IT management experience, with a proven talent for quickly acquiring expertise in new technologies. Michael started his career at a very early age and started his own IT company at the age of 20. He recently came from VMware where he worked with enterprise customers as a strategic trusted advisor. Michael has a proven record of leadership, reliability, and multiple achievements from dedication to his field. He brings a vast knowledge of IT to Xtreme Green Electric Vehicles and will provide the steps to a continued successful future for the company.

 

How long have you been at XGEV and how did you come to work here? 

I was an IT Consultant for XGEV since 2009. I have seen the incredible growth and the evolution of XGEV vehicles reaching new heights. XGEV recently hired me as the new IT Director and I promptly accepted since I already felt part of the XGEV family. Now, I’m looking forward to the next stage and taking our technology to new heights.

 

Why did you decide to come to XGEV?

Electric Vehicles have been gaining popularity and from a technology standpoint, has ongoing technological advancements. I wanted to be part of the evolving changes and look forward to contributing new ideas that will allow electric vehicles to go new places.

 

What do you like about living in Las Vegas?

Just like in IT, I love the constant change that Las Vegas brings. Also, where else can you get a great steak at 3 am?

 

What are you looking most forward to when it comes to XGEV in 2018?

2018 is an exciting time for our company. I am looking forward to moving into our new 125 thousand square foot factory. It’s also an exciting time for continued advancements in technology and applying those to our vehicles.

 

What’s your favorite place to have lunch near the factory?

We have a great Thai place, Siam Garden, close by with a secret spice level of 6-15. I usually go for 7.

 

What’s something your coworkers probably don’t know about you?

My coworkers do not know that I love to go fishing. I love taking a day or two and leaving all the tech I work with alone for short time.

 

What do you like about Xtreme Green vehicles? 

Simplicity is what I love about our vehicles. XGEV vehicles are easy to learn, charge, and even fix. With so many things becoming more complex, we have maintained a vehicle with all the features, yet simple for our customers.

The Great Electric Outdoors

Spring is just about here! As the temperatures start to rise and we’re itching to get outside and into the great outdoors, why not make some of your adventures electric?

An Xtreme Green Electric Vehicle can be used for work, whether police officers use them for patrolling or farmers use them for hauling, but they can also be used for a little fun. Take your electric vehicle through forests, out into fields, or along back road paths and be at ease, knowing your vehicle can handle it. The Citadel Pro ATV is the ultimate outdoor machine. It is powerful enough to handle tough terrains (with a climbing capacity of up to 30-degree grade) and can go up to 45 miles per hour and 40-60 miles on one charge.

The Citadel Pro ATV has even been known to be used for hunting. How? Because it’s incredibly quiet—10 dbs quieter than the average ATV. And it’s not only a great option to reduce noise pollution, but actual pollution—XGEV have zero admissions.

Can’t you just picture yourself, cruising along in your XGEV electric ATV, whipping down dirt roads and into fields and forests? Use your electric vehicle for both work AND play…or just play. We won’t tell.

Xtreme Green Electric Vehicles Wins Spot on General Services Administration’s Elite List of Preferred Contractors

Las Vegas, Nevada — Xtreme Green Electric Vehicles (XGEV), one of the premier manufacturers of 100 percent electric specialty vehicles, announced that they have officially been granted GSA (Government Services Administration) approval with contract number GS-03F-093AA.

Since 2007, XGEV has been a leader in creating the environmentally green standard for police, military, security, maintenance, and landscaping and off-road commercial users. Each vehicle is designed with the latest technology and the most advanced energy management and electric propulsion systems. XGEV vehicles include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), police mobility vehicles (PMVs) and the premier three and six-seater X-Force PRO utility terrain vehicles (UTVs).

XGEVs are the brand of choice for corporations and government agencies looking for zero emission vehicles. XGEVs have all the power and ability of gasoline engines, without the particulate pollution or noise pollution and no carbon footprint. Notably, XGEV is the first company in the world to manufacture a full line of zero-emission lithium iron phosphate battery-powered vehicles.

Via the GSA program, states, local, regional and government agencies worldwide, will have the ability to acquire XGEV’s energy efficient vehicles that cost a fraction of what it costs to power gas and diesel-powered engines. Also, with almost 75 percent fewer parts, XGEV vehicles require dramatically less maintenance.

“When I look at our electric vehicles, I am extremely proud of the achievements we have made,” said XGEV Chief Operating Officer, Neil Roth. “The GSA program has solidified XGEV as a brand defined by reliable, efficient and sustainable products, and we feel privileged to be included in their list of exclusive service providers.”

The Electric Specialty Vehicle Update

The Electric Specialty Vehicle Update is a quarterly round-up of all the important news related to personal electric vehicles. Get your industry news fix and see the trends in this handy round-up.

 

More States Supporting Electric

More and more states are supporting the use of electric vehicles through policy, whether through policy, infrastructure, or monetary breaks. Massachusetts is set to receive $75 million dollars from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund and plan to use it “to invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and invest the balance of the funds in fully-electric transit and school buses.” The plan is to have more charging stations to encourage more cars on the road. New Jersey is also looking to get more electric vehicles on the road, with big goals they hope to meet mostly by updating their charging infrastructure. And California “proposed a $2.5 billion initiative that will bring 250,000 vehicle charging stations and 200 hydrogen fueling stations to the state by 2025.” Read the full stories here, here, and here.

 

Increase in Range

There is something called “range anxiety” among electric vehicle owners. It’s the fear that they won’t be able to get where they need to go on a charge and/or that there won’t be enough places to charge (which is why so many states and countries are trying to increase their charging stations). There are new developments in batteries to also add mileage to each charge and “The Department of Energy reports that the median EV range in the US has risen from 73 miles to 114 miles since 2011 (with a top range now exceeding 330 miles).” Read the full story here.

 

The Rise of Alternative Electric Vehicles

There are much more kinds of electric vehicles out there except for cars (which, of course, we know here at Xtreme Green Electric Vehicle!). Attitudes are changing for personal electric vehicle use as they “afford Baby Boomers easy access to bicycle trails, trips, and tours. At the same, these vehicles also attract Millennials who are using them for commuting and social enjoyment.” Additionally, electric buses are the latest electric vehicle push with “the total number of electric buses servicing the public will more than triple by 2025,” with China dominating those numbers. Read the full stories here and here.

We’re Hiring!

That’s right! As we revolutionize the electric vehicle industry, it means we’re growing and hiring! If you’re passionate about USA-made, efficient and clean electric vehicles and have the skills, Xtreme Green Electric Vehicles is the place for you! Our factory is located in North Las Vegas, Nevada and we offer a very competitive benefits package.

Much more though, we pride ourselves on our family-like atmosphere, which we continue to maintain as we get bigger and bigger. Our employees enjoy the pleasant atmosphere, mutual respect, and energetic work.

We’re hiring both electric vehicle assemblers and metal fabricators. Please read the descriptions below and if you or someone you know is interested and fits the qualifications, please send resumes to larry@xgev.com.

 

Electric Vehicle Assembly 

XGEV is looking for energetic team members to add to their fast-paced assembly lines.

MUST have experience and be proficient in the step-by-step processes of:

  • Drive Train Assembly: transmissions, differentials, and brake systems
  • Mounting and Installing of vehicle electrical components: wire harness, and battery packs

Familiarity with UTV, ATV or Motorcycles a plus.

MUST be able to Follow Directions and outlined Procedures and Directives, and conform to all OSHA and safety regulations.

Standard Metric Tools REQUIRED.

This is a full-time position and great opportunity for the right person for a long-term career with benefits. Compensation based on experience.

 

Metal Fabricator 

XGEV has immediate openings for metal fabricators.

Duties include:

  • Fabricating steel chassis
  • Cut and fit square and round tubing
  • Weld using fixtures
  • Welding/fabricating Machines operation

Skills required:

  • Intermediate knowledge of fabricating processes and equipment.
  • Understand reading of blueprints and measuring equipment.
  • Safely operate: Power saws, Drills, Grinders, Tube Bender, Sheet Metal Shear and Brake, Fork Lift.
  • Safe lifting and moving of tubing and sheet metal required.

Experience Preferred. Must have your own tools, clamps, squares, grinders, etc.

Ability to measure accurately, strong work ethic and punctuality a MUST, along with positive and “can-do” team-player attitude.

Self-starter with an eye for detail and the ability to listen, learn, and follow instructions and procedures.

This is a full-time position and great opportunity for the right person for a long-term career with benefits. Compensation based on experience.

 

Electric Vehicles Usher in the Future of Agriculture

Did you know that the industrial and commercial electric vehicles account for 60% of the electric vehicle market? A big chunk of that is due to advancements in farming and agriculture. The need for increases in efficiency and productivity in this industry is why so many farmers are turning to electric vehicles for help. Welcome to the future of agriculture, led by the use of electric vehicles.

Not only do electric vehicles help with the actual work, but the efficiency in operating costs end up saving more money than want it would cost to operate gas-powered vehicles. For example, the Xtreme Green XForce Pro, which is a great vehicle for agriculture, takes $10 to run for every $1,000 you would spend on gas. With the rising cost of farm labor, an electric vehicle can go a long way.

The XForce Pro is great for customization, too. It’s a great option if you need a dump bed to haul around equipment, tools, hay, plants, or whatever you need to run a farm. The 7’ dump bed version comes with a built-in electric hydraulic lift and removable sides to use as a flatbed. Alternatively, it can come with up to six seats to get workers to more remote parts of the farm. And it works as long as the farming day, lasting 50-80 miles on one charge, depending on the terrain. And speaking of terrain, the XForce can handle even the toughest grounds. And with zero emissions and the quietest electric vehicle on the market, you won’t worry about contaminating crops or creating noise and scaring animals or disturbing anyone.

Electric vehicles have come to revolutionize agriculture. They make financial and efficient sense and are strong and practical. It’s time agriculture became a completely carbon-free business to continue to nourish us, and our planet.

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All Your FAQ

Over the past year, we’ve been answering all your FAQ here on our blog. From general questions about personal electric vehicles, to more specific questions all about Xtreme Green Electric Vehicles, whatever you ever wanted to know, we answered. Did you miss one? Here’s a round-up of links from all our FAQ. Still have questions? Let us know over on our Facebook Page or Twitter (@XtremeGreenEV) and we’ll answer it in an upcoming blog post (or just get back to your right away).

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The Electric Specialty Vehicle Update

Learn all the latest news important to the electric specialty vehicle industry, such as ATVs, UTVs, and PMVs, in this quarterly round-up.

 

Are gas-powered vehicles going away?

Several of the world’s largest countries are setting a timetable for when they will no longer sell gas-powered cars. China, France, U.K, Norway, and India have all set deadlines for selling the last gas-powered vehicle on their soil by 2040. Even the ones not outrightly banning vehicles are setting higher goals for selling electric vehicles. The U.S. sales of electric vehicles are growing 40% year over year. Toyota just announced it’s going to sell 10 electric vehicle models by 2020 and aims to sell 5.5 million electric vehicles a year by 2030. What will oil companies will do? Read the full story here and here.

 

Will the U.S. keep the electric vehicle tax incentive?

Last Wednesday, 50 companies “signed a letter urging Congress to keep a tax credit that boosts U.S. job creation and EV leadership.” While the GOP tax bill has yet to be announced, Reuters reports that “several sources revealed that the final version of the GOP tax bill will preserve a $7,500 electric vehicle (EV) tax credit that was once at risk of being removed.” Proponents of the tax credit argue that it is important to keep the incentive as the EV industry includes 215,000 jobs (and more to come) and stops air pollution and the U.S. can’t afford to fall behind in this growing industry. Read the full story here.

 

Are electric vehicles responsible for the jump in cobalt sales?

You bet. This crucial element to the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles topped the commodities market. “The price of cobalt surged 120%, while the Bloomberg commodity index fell 4%.” According to Bloomberg, the market was $4 billion last year and doubled to $8 billion this year. And that demand is only going, some say six or seven times the current amount by 2026. Read the full story here.

Little Cities: Transportation and Management of Business Campuses

We live in a new age of business. Technology companies, movie studios, and other big companies operate like little cities. They have cafeterias or more often a few options for places to eat, gyms or even basketball and tennis courts and pools, daycare, and many more buildings for their hundreds or even thousands of employees to work, along with other rooms for classes, meditation, napping, you name it. With so much ground to cover and upkeep and security needed to ensure these campuses run smoothly, an Xtreme Green Electric Vehicle is the perfect solution to fulfill a hybrid of needs. And since our vehicles can go anywhere from 40-80 miles on just one charge and only take 1.5-3.5 hours to fully charge, everyone can use them when they need to. You’ll save on cost for gas, too as electric vehicles cost less $0.01 per mile and with 75% fewer parts, there’s virtually no maintenance so your teams can spend their time managing the property, not their vehicles.

A major concern of managing so much ground is security. An ATV is great if for some reason you need to handle tough terrain, or UTVs are good if you need to transport a lot of people, but probably the most effective vehicle for security to be able to patrol in this particular environment is the PMV. Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, the PMV can not only cruise on flat surfaces but jump curbs as high as 6 inches. There’s also still storage, so you can have a place for all your heavy equipment, enabling you to move faster—especially considering speeds go up to 29 MPH.

Another great use is for maintenance teams to keep these business campuses looking beautiful and running smoothly. XGEV UTVs are great for maintenance because they can be outfitted with flatbeds for hauling around tools or greenery. They also come with a few seats so teams can ride together to get the job done.

And if campuses are really big, using an XGEV to get around is a great option for people to hop on a vehicle and visit another department in another building. This can increase productivity, giving time back to employees where they would walk or be reluctant to go if they had to bike. And if your buildings are across the street from each other? No problem. The XForce UTVs can be built to be low-speed electric vehicles (LSEV) and can go on city streets and be registered in most states.