AUSTIN, Texas, October 10, 2023 – Hyliion Holdings Corp. (NYSE: HYLN) (“Hyliion”), a developer of KARNO generator and electric powertrain technologies, today announced that it has engaged strategic expert advisors to explore a range of options for its powertrain business.
The commercial vehicle electrification industry is evolving, with fleets committed to ultimately reducing their environmental footprint through practical solutions. Hyliion, like others, has experienced slower-than-anticipated market adoption as fleets undertake a gradual transition to electric trucks. Hyliion’s ongoing participation in commercial vehicle electrification will require continued investment, while addressing escalating component and production costs, meeting ongoing regulatory requirements, and aligning with a new CARB mandate for fleet adoption of electric trucks.
“While Hyliion’s capital position is currently strong, its proprietary technology is transformative, and commercialization is progressing on track, additional future capital will ultimately need to be raised against the backdrop of uncertain market conditions if we continue on our current trajectory,” said Thomas Healy, Founder and CEO of Hyliion. “We therefore believe now is the right time to consider a host of strategic options for our electric powertrain business to ensure that we deploy capital most effectively and maximize value for our shareholders.”
With the recent receipt of CARB certification and the beginning of extended fleet trials with customers, Hyliion has completed all milestones on its publicized path to commercialization of the Hypertruck ERX powertrain. Despite this progress, the company is taking steps to navigate the shifting landscape in commercial vehicle electrification.
Hyliion will continue commercialization of the fuel-agnostic KARNO generator, which the company expects to compete effectively in the stationary generator market due to its superior operating characteristics. Given the rising strain on electrical infrastructure, notably from electric vehicles, the KARNO generator is positioned well to address these challenges. The insights and learnings from the powertrain segment further strengthen endeavors with the KARNO generator.
The company intends to complete the assembly of initial production trucks and continue showcasing the solution in extended fleet trials as it pursues this strategic review process. However, certain efforts will be paused, including securing orders for Hypertruck ERX-equipped trucks and new powertrain development work.
Hyliion will host a conference call at 11:00a.m. ET / 10a.m. CT on Wednesday, October 11 to discuss the strategic review. Those wishing to participate can access the call using the links below:
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Following the conference call, Hyliion will provide updates as required by law or otherwise deemed appropriate by the board. The board of directors has not set a deadline or definitive timetable for the completion of the strategic review, and there can be no assurance that this process will result in any particular outcome.
Hyliion is committed to reducing emissions in commercial vehicles. The company’s primary focus is providing electrified solutions that offer fleet operators an opportunity to decrease fuel and operational costs, while integrating into existing operations. Located in Austin, Texas, Hyliion designs and develops electrified powertrain solutions suitable for a wide range of Class 8 semi-trucks. Beyond powertrains, Hyliion is developing the KARNO system: a fuel-agnostic, additive manufacturing-enabled generator designed for both stationary power generation and heavy-duty transport, promising heightened efficiency and decreased emissions. The company aims to offer innovative, yet practical solutions to contribute positively to the environment in the commercial transport sector. For further information, please visit www.hyliion.com.
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