Los Angeles, CA, August 9, 2020 – GreenPower Motor Company Inc. (TSXV: GPV) (OTCQB:GPVRF) (“GreenPower” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of zero emissions electric powered medium and heavy duty transit vehicles serving the cargo and delivery, transit and school bus markets, is responding to recent articles regarding a purported claim brought by a former employee of the company.
In its recently filed lawsuit, 42 Design Works Inc. (“42 Design”) advances vague claims that GreenPower has misused certain unspecified designs that purportedly belong to 42 Design. The claims are entirely without merit.
“I have been with GreenPower for five years and have directed the design, manufacture and distribution of the EV Star platform and Synapse school buses from inception. No one has any rights to these or any other GreenPower products,” said Brendan Riley, President of GreenPower.
“This action has no merit and GreenPower will be moving to have this action dismissed,” said Fraser Atkinson, CEO of GreenPower. “We will hold David Oldridge to account for this misuse of process.”
42 Design was originally owned and controlled by David Oldridge, who was an employee of a predecessor company of GreenPower up to August 31, 2013 when he left prior to the completion of his term of employment. All of the work that he did was for the sole benefit of the predecessor company.
42 Design was dissolved by the B.C. Corporate Registry on November 6, 2015 and only reinstated on June 29, 2020.
42 Design is now allegedly owned by Envirotech, a company with David Oldridge as the President. His brother, Phillip Oldridge, was a founding director of Envirotech. Phillip Oldridge was terminated by GreenPower on June 12, 2019. On December 17, 2019, GreenPower brought an action against Phillip Oldridge and Envirotech.
“A former disgruntled employee brings an action with a defunct company that he re-instates a month ago is clearly an attempt to undermine GreenPower’s recent success,” said Brendan Riley.
GreenPower cares deeply about its people, culture, and values. The Company and Board will continue to uphold those values. This lawsuit is frivolous, and the Company will defend itself vigorously.
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GreenPower designs, builds and distributes a full suite of high-floor and low-floor vehicles, including transit buses, school buses, shuttles, a cargo van and a double decker. GreenPower employs a clean-sheet design to manufacture all-electric buses that are purpose built to be battery powered with zero emissions. GreenPower integrates global suppliers for key components, such as Siemens or TM4 for the drive motors, Knorr for the brakes, ZF for the axles and Parker for the dash and control systems. This OEM platform allows GreenPower to meet the specifications of various operators while providing standard parts for ease of maintenance and accessibility for warranty requirements. For further information go to greenpowerbus.com.
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