BYD (Build Your Dreams) has named experienced business development executive Aaron Gillmore, formerly at Tesla and SolarCity, vice president of Truck Business for the electric-truck maker.
Gillmore comes to BYD from Tesla, where he was director of builder, military, and federal sales. Prior to that, he was vice president, solar development, at SolarCity Corp. in San Mateo, Calif. He held that post from 2009 to 2017.
In his new role, Gillmore will oversee project management, engineering, sales, and aftersales for BYD’s truck business.
“Aaron understands the BYD mission and fits our culture,” BYD North America President Stella Li said. “He brings a diverse skill set to BYD with years of talent as an executive leader in his previous roles. Given our successful deployment of heavy trucks at the ports and for private customers, BYD has already established a foothold as an industry leader. Given Aaron’s background and strong leadership history, I’m expecting he can lead the truck team to its next level,”
Gillmore said the opportunity to grow BYD’s business in an emerging sector of the electric vehicle market is limitless. In recent weeks the company has announced several high-profile rollouts, including the sale of 21 8TT all-electric delivery trucks to Anheuser Busch.
“BYD trucks are already hard at work,” Gillmore said. “These sturdy all-electric vehicles are being used in applications as varied as refuse pick-up, hauling containers at the ports and delivering goods to homes and businesses throughout the U.S.”
In addition, BYD’s John Gerra will be promoted to the position of senior director of truck business development. He will focus on electrifying the refuse industry and strategic corporate fleets.
In 2008, BYD said it became the first company in the world to sell mass production of plug-in hybrid electrified vehicles (PHEVs). Since 2015, BYD’s sales of BEVs and PHEVs have been ranked first in the world for four consecutive years.