Legacy EV Wins Inaugural MEMA Aftermarket Startup Challenge
Research Triangle Park, N.C. – Legacy EV was declared the 2023 MEMA Aftermarket Startup Challenge winner during the Aftermarket Technology Conference on October 10, 2023. Offering EV educational programs as well as EV parts and powertrains, Legacy EV has already trained nearly 500 technicians, partnered with several schools to utilize its curriculum for EV programming, and built a network of 43 Authorized Installers across the globe. Legacy EV has identified that 660,000 automotive technicians in the U.S. alone will need training in EV and has deployed immersive programs that include virtual training programs, in-person EV fundamentals bootcamp, collegiate EV automotive programs, and HV safety programs.
“The Challenge’s objective is to identify new technology and innovations that will change the future of the aftermarket industry, and the impact that Legacy EV has already had and will continue to have does just that,” commented Chris Gardner, senior vice president, MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers. “They are solving two problems at once: upskilling our current workforce and expanding opportunities for burgeoning technicians. Legacy EV is a very deserving winner of the inaugural Challenge, and we look forward to seeing the impact of their growing influence in the industry.”
Legacy EV was selected from a list of seven finalist companies, all who are creating leading edge technologies in the aftermarket. These include: 3DK , Accufacture, Bringoz, Cochl, My Battery Health, Work Truck Solutions.
“It’s an honor that MEMA has recognized our trailblazing efforts with their prestigious award,” said Rob Ward, co-founder and CEO of Legacy EV. “Our team is committed to helping shape the future by giving individuals and companies the skills they need to keep electric vehicles operating. We will continue providing the topflight training so desperately needed worldwide and prove every day that we deserve these accolades.”
About MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers
MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers exclusively serves manufacturers of aftermarket components, tools and equipment, and related products, an important part of the automotive parts manufacturing industry which supports over 900,000 American jobs in all 50 states. MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers is a recognized industry change agent – promoting a collaborative industry environment, providing a forum to address issues, and serving as a valued resource for member companies. Members represent all areas of the aftermarket including light vehicle, commercial vehicle, and remanufacturing. MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers is a membership group within MEMA, The Vehicle Suppliers Association.
MEMA is the leading North American trade association for vehicle suppliers, parts manufacturers, and remanufacturers. Automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers are the largest manufacturing sector in the United States and lead the way in new vehicle innovations. MEMA has been the voice of the vehicle supplier industry since 1904. Its more than 1,000 members are Strong by Association.
Members supply the aftermarket with the parts that keep millions of vehicles on the road, fueling international commerce and meeting society’s transportation needs. MEMA members are committed to safety and sustainability.
MEMA has offices in Southfield, Mich.; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; and Washington, D.C. Learn more at mema.org/aftermarket-suppliers.
About Legacy EV
Legacy EV is the first Electric Vehicle company to offer complete EV conversion kits, EV components, training courses and technical build-support. Legacy EV can convert fleets to electric power, build custom EVs or provide parts and training to mechanics to ensure the transition to Electric Vehicles does not result in the loss of ICE vehicles and trusted auto mechanics. For more information visit https://legacyev.com.