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We recently learned a lot of information about the Miles EV highway speed sedan (above); today, we learn a little bit more about the company itself. The Miles EV advisory board now included Kenneth Baker (not the actor who played R2-D2) and John Wallace, both of whom have electrical vehicle experience at GM (Baker) and Ford (Wallace).
Baker's work at GM included leading the electric vehicle division (he was big in bringing the EV1 to the world) and he also founded the United States Advanced Battery Consortium. Our columnist Gary Witzenburg remembers him once saying, "Our gift is a world of opportunity. To leave it a better place than we found it is our greatest gift to the next generation." Baker is also an adviser to GridPoint, one company working on the SmartGrid.
At Ford, Wallace was for a time responsible for electric drive activities for all Ford brands and was also chairman of TH!NK Nordic. In the non-EV space, Wallace was the first chairman of the California Fuel Cell Partnership. Wallace was also on the board of Enova.
[Source: Miles EV]
Miles Electric Vehicles Welcomes New Advisory Board Members Kenneth Baker and John Wallace, Former Executives of GM and Ford's Electric Vehicle Divisions
Santa Monica, Calif., December 11, 2008 – Miles Electric Vehicles, an American electric vehicle manufacturer based in California, announced today that Kenneth Baker, former GM Electric Vehicle Division program Manager, and John R. Wallace, former Ford Director of Environmental Vehicles, have joined its Board of Advisors.
"As pioneers in the electric vehicle industry, both Ken and John will be invaluable assets to Miles Electric Vehicles as we bring our all electric, highway speed sedan to market in the United States," said CEO, Kevin Czinger. "With the leadership of our new Board members, Miles Electric Vehicles is poised to make a significant impact in the automotive industry," he said.
Baker has nearly 40 years of experience in the automotive industry and is a proven leader in identifying and employing advanced technologies and business practices. He has held key positions in General Motors Corporation, Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., and Altarum. At GM, Baker held the positions of Vice President of Global Research and Development, Vice President of the Distributed Energy Business Division, and Director of the Service Technology, Vehicle Engineering CPC and Advanced Vehicle Engineering groups. While leading GM's electric vehicle division, Baker founded the United States Advanced Battery Consortium and was Chairman of the Board of the Electric Transportation Coalition. He is widely credited with bringing the EV1 to market. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University.
Wallace joins the Advisory Board with over 25 years of engineering expertise in the automotive industry and with specific knowledge of developing alternative fuel vehicle programs for vehicle manufacturers. Prior to his retirement, Wallace held executive positions with Intel Corporation, Perkin-Elmer, Precision Microdesign, Inc., Ford Microelectronics, and the Ford Motor Company. In 1989, Wallace became a valuable asset in the development of Ford's alternative fuel vehicle program and was eventually given responsibility for electric drive activities for all of Ford's brands. His executive positions at Ford included Director of Technology Development Programs, Director of Electric Vehicle Programs, Director of Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Director of Environmental Vehicles, and Executive Director of TH!NK Group. Wallace has also held the position of Chairman of TH!NK Nordic, the United States Advanced Battery Consortium, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Americas, and Ecostar. In 1999, he was one of the founders of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and served as its first Chairman. Wallace attended Rice University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science and a Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering.
ABOUT MILES ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Miles Electric Vehicles, an American company based in California, expects to be the first to market with a cost effective, safe, all electric highway speed vehicle. MILES outsources component development and manufacturing to a key set of Chinese and Western partners, which allows MILES to develop vehicles rapidly in a flexible manner thus avoiding the traditionally capital intensive nature of the automobile business. Currently, MILES successfully markets low speed, all electric cars and trucks, which combine the best of US electric motor and controller technology with China's advanced battery and vehicle manufacturing capabilities. To date the company has built a prestigious fleet customer base encompassing, among others, the City of Chicago, Stanford University, NASA, UC Berkeley, Wal-Mart, UCLA, Cal State Polytechnic University, and Lockheed Martin.