The pioneer in electric commercial delivery and medium duty vehicles modernizes its manufacturing capabilities with SAP S/4HANA® and RISE with SAP
ANDOVER, MA / ACCESSWIRE / October 18, 2021 / “Starting up” in any industry can be extraordinarily challenging. Consider the astronomical complexities of becoming a new manufacturer in the electric vehicle (EV) space. Troy, Michigan-based Electric Last Mile Solutions (ELMS) is a dynamic case in point. Poised for leadership in electric light cargo vans, ELMS’ signature vehicle, the Urban Delivery, is the first Class 1 commercial electric vehicle in the U.S. market. To successfully pioneer in the emerging EV market takes more than great products and manufacturing excellence, however, and that includes going with SAP S/4HANA®, a world-class ERP solution to run, manage and scale the business.
To facilitate the EV company’s SAP S/4HANA implementation, ELMS selected the business-transformation-as-a-service offering, RISE with SAP. ELMS also turned to SAP Gold Partner, Dickinson + Associates, a Navisite company, for the proverbial last mile with SAP S/4HANA to help ensure all deliverables and milestones come together proficiently and rapidly, on target from both budgetary and deliverables standpoints.
The The overall undertaking has been essential to ELMS advancing its strategic plan. The company began trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market in June under the new ticker “ELMS” or “ELMSW.”
Ramping Up the Roadmap
“Our selection of SAP S/4HANA for our digital core took into account many considerations beyond preference for a tier-one solution in the automotive industry,” commented ELMS Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Rob Song, who also emphasized the importance of fast time to value in an industry on the verge of explosive growth. “Establishing the right foundation to manage our business, scale with the organization, and serve as a platform for growth was an absolute imperative. Dickinson + Associates is helping us accomplish this, guiding us through critical aspects of deployment, providing support quickly and decisively while leveraging deep related knowledge and core competencies.”
With Dickinson + Associates, ELMS centers on becoming an intelligent enterprise that goes well beyond the vehicle level, encompassing digital advantages in every respect – from planning, logistics and supply-chain management to engineering, production and delivery. Quality standards and best practices coalesce as the company connects all operations for maximum efficiency, value and performance.
Turning the Key to Full-Scale Manufacturing
The SAP S/4HANA implementation is occurring in two phases, the first of which finished in only 10 weeks – two weeks ahead of schedule. The second phase of implementation is scheduled to be completed in January 2022 as ELMS ramps up production of its Urban Delivery commercial EV. “ELMS is building its EV future with a sharp focus on integrated, deep-data analytics and sustainable engineering,” explained Dickinson + Associates Vice President of Sales and Corporate Development Brad Wolfe. “We are in lockstep as they look to enable clients with commercial delivery networks for the e-mobility businesses of the future.”
About Electric Last Mile Solutions, Inc.
Electric Last Mile Solutions, Inc. is focused on defining a new era in which commercial vehicles run clean as connected and customized solutions that make our customers’ businesses more efficient and profitable. ELMS’ first vehicle, the Urban Delivery, is the first Class 1 commercial electric vehicle in the U.S. market. The Company expects to begin production of its second vehicle, the Class 3 Urban Utility EV, in the second half of 2022. The company is headquartered in Troy, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.electriclastmile.com.
About Dickinson + Associates
Dickinson + Associates, a Navisite company, is a leading SAP systems integrator that delivers transformational SAP business solutions and Enterprise Support in North America and globally. With deep expertise in SAP S/4HANA®, SAP Analytics, SAP Customer Experience, SAP Business Technology Platform for integration, automation, and other custom solutions – our team of seasoned industry experts in Manufacturing, Wholesale Distribution, Chemicals, Consumer Products, Life Sciences, and Financial Services provide clients innovative SAP business technology solutions focused on delivering competitive advantage and improving business outcomes. Our unique, business-driven approach emphasizes measurable business results because we are Business People who Know SAP.
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