Jeff Hiatt Appointed SVP of Manufacturing for Optimal-EV

We're proud to welcome Jeff Hiatt to our leadership group at Optimal-EV! Jeff brings a wealth of expertise and experience from his 20+ years in operations leadership, lean manufacturing, and specialty vehicle manufacturing.

Optimal-EV is proud to announce that we have appointed Jeff Hiatt as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing. He brings over 20 years of experience in operations leadership, lean manufacturing, and specialty vehicle manufacturing. Jeff was most recently Senior Vice President of Operations, North America for EnTrans international. Prior to that, he held the position of Vice President of Operations for REV Group, where his responsibilities included senior leadership of the Bus and Mobility Group. He also spent over 15 years at Ingersoll Rand in various roles. Jeff earned an undergraduate degree from Augusta University’s Hull Business School and a MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, and is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt.

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This announcement comes at a pivotal time for Optimal-EV as we transition to our final testing program and gear up for production in our state-of-the-art Elkhart, IN manufacturing facility. We're elated to have the expertise and experience of Jeff Hiatt onboard as we look to the future as an industry leader in the shift to zero-emissions transportation.

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About Optimal-EV.

Optimal-EV is the market leader in the design, validation and manufacturing of zero-emission electric low-floor shuttle buses. Their suite of low-floor vehicle configurations and equipment options are quiet and ecologically efficient, making them ideal for the seamless migration of your current fleet to being zero-emission. Optimal’s journey into vehicle electrification began in 2015, with the integrated 33 years of automotive design/development and superior CAE (computer aided engineering) optimization skills, and is now augmented by a seasoned bus manufacturing operations team. Leveraging multi-industry insight and innovative approach to engineering and vehicle manufacturing, they identify and integrate the best industry solutions for the customers. Optimal proudly designs, engineers and manufactures vehicles in America, with our engineering and research center in Plymouth, Michigan and manufacturing center in Elkhart, Indiana.

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