California-based EV startup, Mullen Automotive, has tapped former GM employee John Schwegman as its new chief commercial officer (CCO).
Prior to this new role, Schwegman spent 35 years working at GM in various marketing positions, including the GM Fleet organization.
“John has tremendous experience in commercial automotive sales, and this makes him a highly strategic addition to Mullen,” said CEO and chairman of Mullen Automotive, David Michery. “We are very excited to have John on board; he will play a central role as CCO in the product planning and business development of our commercial vehicle division.”
Schwegman’s main focus will developing a growth strategy for Mullen’s lineup of commercial EVs, including Class 1 through Class 6 of light- and medium-duty trucks. He will also oversee new enterprise and fleet sales opportunities across all commercial vehicle categories.
This announcement comes on the heels of other developments by Mullen to broaden its scope. Earlier this October, the EV startup acquired Electric Last Mile Solutions (ELMS) and its manufacturing facility, as well as all its inventory and intellectual property. In addition, Mullen Automotive made the one of the biggest acquisitions in the EV industry when it bought a controlling stake in Bollinger Motors last September. This propels Mullen into the electric medium-duty truck as well as EV SUV and pickup segments.
Recently, Mullen also announced it will soon launch the FIVE EV, an all-electric crossover that will feature a 120-kWh battery, while being able to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds on to a top speed of over 150 mph. Driving range is estimated at 300 miles. A future high performance Mullen FIVE RS will go 0-60 in under two seconds and have a top speed of over 200 mph.
Fully functional demonstration models of the FIVE EV launched this month and will be utilized in Mullen’s 2022 “Strikingly Different” Test Drive Tour, as well as other planned events throughout 2023. Mullen expects that deliveries of the FIVE EV will begin in Q2 of 2024.