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Interview With Nancy Roberts

[00:00:00.780] - Nancy

Hi and welcome to Interviews with Innovators, the podcast that's dedicated to original thinkers and explorers and tireless entrepreneurs, those who boldly go where no one has gone before, at least not by the same path. I'm your host, Nancy Roberts.


[00:00:18.060] - Nancy

Today's topic, a revolutionary all electric vehicle that will change on campus, driving for work crews, people moving and general-purpose jobs around gated communities, recreation centers, hospitals, schools and more electric vehicles aren't new. But this one has a very special innovation. You're going to want to hear more about with us today to talk about what drove this important innovation in green transportation is the man behind the idea, P.J. Bombard, founder of a company, he calls it Truck LSP.


[00:00:54.420] - Nancy

P.J., welcome to the show. Good morning. Good to have you here. So tell us about E truck. This is quite an interesting idea.


[00:01:03.900] - Nancy

And how did you come up with it?


[00:01:05.460] - PJ Bombard

Well, thank you for having me today. E Truck LLC came with the idea in twenty sixteen with some great team members and friends that we looked at the market and we decided that we could create and develop and build a low speed electric truck. And we started doing it with regular cab, low speed electric truck, and then a photo of a truck with great partners and 3M and Goodyear. And as we kept working on the prototype, we added a solar panel roof to add value so that we could have the sunshine help us with our charging system.


[00:01:42.270] - PJ Bombard

And we've been working diligently over the last four years, fine tuning the truck to have all the features that make it stick to the art and unique.


[00:01:52.170] - PJ Bombard

And the most people will not tell me a little bit more about this idea of a low speed truck.


[00:01:58.560] - Nancy

Why? Why is that unique in in the world of vehicles?


[00:02:04.260] - PJ Bombard

Everything we do today is usually for the highways, which is speed limits that are forty five, fifty five, sixty five and seven.


[00:02:11.220] - PJ Bombard

Our customers are college campuses, gated communities and cities and villages and towns, as well as parks where the speed limit is five, 10, 15, 20 or twenty five. So usually they're traveling with a golf cart or some other device. We looked at that unique area and said, let's build a truck that has headlights and doors and windows and air conditioning that's safe, that can travel on any city, street or village or gated community that can carry people as well as product and do all the things that are necessary in today's world.


[00:02:49.230] - PJ Bombard

If you look at the state park, perfect. But if you look at a college campus, the move to the students as well as the products. And so so it works. And no one has really looked at that market because the world we live in today is changing. We did.


[00:03:07.720] - PJ Bombard

And then you added this feature, which I think is just fascinating, a solar panel on the roof. I mean, most familiar now with the idea of an electric vehicle charging stations, that kind of thing. So you're still going to do that, but you've added this other feature. Why you why did you do that? And and tell us a little bit about that innovation.


[00:03:28.440] - PJ Bombard

So with technology, we thought about all the features and we knew we could do something different by adding the solar panel on the roof. Our engineer came up with that idea, which was brilliant. We can actually add value to the charge. And so the breaks, the regeneration, we use Goodyear tires. But you'd be surprised in every state, the sun shines a lot of times. And even when the sun is not shining, you can get power from there to the batteries to keep your vehicle recharged at all times, which helps with the bay.


[00:04:00.270] - PJ Bombard

So it just works. We use a semi fixed solar panel, so when the truck is sitting, it's sitting in a flat position. When it's moving, it picks up more sunlight and gradually, like a slow charge, keeps the batteries and the performance. The truck going and the uniqueness is that we're the first ones in the industry to add those other companies out there. But no one's done what we've done so far.


[00:04:27.390] - Nancy

So it's using energy as it moves. But unlike the hybrid vehicle, which will swap over to gasoline when it's running out of electric charge, you're actually going to be kind of constantly getting a little charge.


[00:04:41.310] - PJ Bombard

Yeah, we absolutely are. So what you're doing is you're so your batteries are pocket activity, so you don't have to plug it in and charge it. You're getting some actual free from the sunlight to charge your vehicle. You're a little truck. You're going to be truck at all times. And even when it's. Sitting and not moving, you're gaining the ability to slow charge your batteries and keep everything nicely done, which is good for the environment. It really works to everyone.


[00:05:12.130] - Nancy

Now, I do these use standard charging stations, the ones that are available for vehicles now when there's commercial ones there and there's two types of three types of charging systems right now, there's a level one which will take about four to five to six hours to charge your vehicle. Today, there's a level two, which is a faster charge, which does it in 40 minutes to an hour to three hours, depending on where your gauge stands. So those charging systems today are really, really unique.


[00:05:43.900] - PJ Bombard

The biggest thing is the infrastructure is getting better and we're starting to see more charging stations in more locations. The other thing is there's a couple of companies we're working with now that you can actually plug it in to a 220 volt with a new device and you can charge it so that technology's really getting better and quicker. And the company we're working with right now is called Neoh Charge. And you look at their website, you be pretty impressed. We're going to be offering that with our trucks this year so that if we're somewhere and someone says, geez, I can't afford to put a charging station in what I can do this and part of our vehicle, it works really well.


[00:06:25.480] - PJ Bombard

Just plug it in to 110 the splitter comes off of it and you can actually charge two vehicles at one time or one vehicle at one time. So a regular plug, correct? That's pretty well. It is. It's neat. These kids today, these engineers today out of California have really come up some amazing things.


[00:06:45.280] - Nancy

So your target market is places where that you're not going to be on road, you're going to be off road.


[00:06:51.230] - Nancy

You can be within a campus kind of facility, but it's for truck use. Is that the idea? So it's for for work crews, for losing loads and people like groups of people, students, that type of thing. Absolutely. So our truck has an electric dump on the back. The. So when you're trying to carry mulch or concrete or you need to have refrigeration on the back, you can add that to the back of the truck. What it does is it makes it easier to move product from one place and it's safer not picking on golf carts.


[00:07:29.650] - PJ Bombard

But there's no windows. There's no doors, there's no horn. They can't go on a city street. That's a five mile hour, 10 or 20 or 30. Most of the campuses in the United States of America, either five mile campuses or 20 mile campuses, they need to be able to move students, faculty records and all that stuff so the football field can have one. This can have it and they can do the things that are necessary to move.


[00:07:54.440] - PJ Bombard

So it's a business to business, but we do a lot with government. We do a lot with sleep. We do a lot with gated communities and any street, any city in America. I'll give you an example. Sarasota, where we're located, the speed limit is five miles an hour in the city. So the pizza guy could use the mailman could use it, the delivery service can use it. So there's a lot of unique places that can go with it and do it.


[00:08:19.990] - PJ Bombard

And it's carbon free and zero emissions and you're not burning any gas and you're really doing good things for the economy and the environment.


[00:08:28.510] - Nancy

Now, as far as the the cost is concerned, is this a reasonable cost for the consumer, for the your target market?


[00:08:37.780] - PJ Bombard

That's a great question for businesses or colleges or state parks or states or fleet. Our regular cap truck starts out at twenty nine thousand dollars, which is very affordable. And then our kaukab, which is the Ford, is thirty four thousand dollars. And with that, there's a unique part of business that we work with. We can apply for the federal tax credits for you if you qualify, which most businesses do. That's up to seventy five hundred dollars.


[00:09:06.250] - PJ Bombard

And then states have tax credits as well as rebates. Some states have a five hundred rebate or five thousand. So we also can apply for the solar panel rebate because we have solar panels on a roof. So we take those unique things and put together what separates us from our competition or two very important items. I want to talk about that right now. You can lease the truck from us and leasing is more affordable. And in the world we live today, businesses, colleges, universities need to have affordability responsibility.


[00:09:40.510] - PJ Bombard

So instead of spending thirty thousand dollars or fifty thousand dollars, you can lose a truck for three hundred four hundred five hundred a month depending on what you need. The added value there is that you're keeping money for your business or your school or your college or other things that are. The other added value is our warranty is a five year power train warranty, so the batteries, the software and the controller are covered, so the body is covered. So you're safe.


[00:10:11.610] - PJ Bombard

The other big thing we do is we take. So if a company or a college has an old vehicle sitting there instead of them scrapping it or selling it once a year, we'll actually give you a dollar value. At the time we look at it, if it's 10 years or older, we'll recycle. If it's not, we'll give you dollars towards the purchase of the lease of your new truck or lease. So that gives us a full cycle.


[00:10:37.350] - PJ Bombard

It gives us a full warranty. It gives us full coverage. We have a toll free number to call. If you need something, our technicians will come to you so that you don't have to worry about that. And that separates us from anybody else in the industry right now. So we're really proud of that. Our team of marketers, engineers, lawyers and fleet people, government people have really worked hard at that.


[00:11:02.430] - Nancy

And you're available all across the country or just in certain markets at this point? Right now, our home base is Florida, but we can sell anywhere in the USA. We have a team in New York, we have a team in Colorado, we have a team in California, a team in Louisiana and a team in Texas. So they're all part of our industry. They understand how our vehicle works, how the truck works, what we're trying to do in the future and go from there.


[00:11:29.280] - PJ Bombard

So we've met with lots of campuses. We had a unique opportunity, Universal Studios for a month, which was fun. We didn't go any rides, but we did have fun. But there's a lot of good stuff out there. And one of our team members actually is working with the zoos of America, which is a unique part, wineries. So we're excited about all part of our team and what we can do when we look forward to hearing from you.


[00:11:56.400] - Nancy

Again, more about this is as this expands into the future. Thank you. Thank you very much for having me. Have a good day.