“About 70% of Class 3 to Class 8 commercial vehicles operate on routes that are under 200 miles per day,” said Dakota Semler, CEO of Xos. “They return to base every night where they could access dedicated charging infrastructure. And that makes them ideal for electrification. We don’t need to wait for the technology to mature to be able to solve these kinds of routes.”
Today, dozens of Xos battery-electric trucks operated by the likes of FedEx Ground, Loomis and UniFirst are out on the roads making deliveries to households and businesses across America. Customers choose Xos based on its ability to deliver vehicles that meet their requirements in terms of range, payload capacity, cost efficiency, ease of operation, and ease of charge.
“Apart from us, there’s nobody building ground-up commercial electric vehicles engineered for this space that are actually holding fleets accountable and truly delivering a total cost of ownership saving,” Semler said. “Starting from the battery pack, we engineer durability into our vehicle systems. We also focus on delivering total cost of ownership savings in under three to five years. By engineering our vehicles to achieve that, we’ve been delivering value to customers from day one.”
Fast growth, high demand
The demand for Xos’ products and services is high. To keep up, the company expanded its workforce fourfold since it launched in 2016 and opened a new 85,000 square foot headquarters in Los Angeles in May 2021 as well as two new flexible manufacturing facilities. As the scope and scale of its company continues to grow, Xos realized it needed a powerful technology platform to manage all its product development processes in one place.
“As we’ve grown, one of the biggest challenges we’ve faced is high demand, and it’s not slowing down,” Semler said. “It has been really challenging meeting that demand with our existing systems and manufacturing capacity. Prior to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, we had separate computer-aided design (CAD), product lifecycle management (PLM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems operating in disparate environments. As we switched between them, we risked making mistakes and experiencing carryover issues. Now, we can incorporate a lot more of the value chain into a single system. Anything we can do to shorten that product development lifecycle enables us to go to market and achieve a faster return on our investment, and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables that.”
Xos selected the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on cloud with the key objective of unifying its technology and accelerating its product development strategy.
“The biggest business impact of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is the ability for us to quickly get up to speed with the rest of the market,” said Matt Sommer, Director of Product and Development Operations and IT at Xos. “Being an earlier stage company, it’s difficult for us to quickly implement all the tools and processes that we need to be able to operate a full business. With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on cloud, we’re able to do that quickly without having to worry about IT implementation and other work that would distract us from making great products.”
“The 3DEXPERIENCE platform has enabled us to deliver our technology in a much more cohesive way,” Semler added.