TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Electrovaya Inc. (“Electrovaya” or the “Company”) (TSX:EFL) (OTCQX:EFLVF) is pleased to announce receipt of three purchase orders from  three additional customers for its batteries.  Two of the customers are global industry participants, one in the top 50 and the other in the top 150 of the US Fortune 500 list.  With these orders, Electrovaya now has six US Fortune 500 companies as customers for its battery products targeting the materials handling electric vehicles industry. 

Two of the initial purchase orders are for complete drop-in batteries in Class 1 and Class 2 forklift electric trucks.

The Company sees a substantial opportunity in, and is focused on, the materials handling electric vehicles sector. New forklift truck sales in North America were reported at 225,000 in 2015, of which approximately 63% were battery-powered electric trucks. Globally, over one million new forklift trucks were sold in 2015. Electrovaya is involved in both lithium ion batteries for new electric trucks and the replacement market for lead acid batteries in existing fleets. The Company believes it is the leading provider of lithium ion batteries for the emerging forklift market in North America. 

One of the users is a producer of automated guided vehicles (“AGV”). The user had tested the Electrovaya battery modules for several months, had earlier placed small initial orders and now, following extensive validation testing, is following up with a larger purchase order.  This is Electrovaya's first customer in the AGV market. The combined purchase price for the above three purchase orders is approximately US$280,000.

Electrovaya is showcasing its lithium ion ceramic batteries in the materials handling industry's trade show at MODEX 2018, #Booth 1559, 9-12 April, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga.

For more information, please contact:

Peter Koven
Bay Street Communications
Telephone: 1.647.496.7857

Visit Electrovaya's booth B-1559, the MODEX 2018 Trade Show, 9-12 April 2018 in Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga.

About Electrovaya Inc.

Electrovaya Inc. (TSX:EFL) (OTCQX:EFLVF) designs, develops and manufactures proprietary Lithium Ion Super Polymer® batteries, battery systems, and battery-related products for energy storage, clean electric transportation and other specialized applications. Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Electrovaya is a technology focused company with extensive IP, supplying leading global  customers.

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