Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Signs Purchase Order with Xos, Inc. for 10 First-Of-Their-Kind Electric Delivery Trucks

Southern Glazer’s becomes first North American wine and spirits distributor to test electric delivery vehicles

Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES


MIAMI and DALLAS, Dec. 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits (Southern Glazer's)—the world’s preeminent distributor of beverage alcohol—today announced it has signed a purchase order with Xos, Inc. (NASDAQ: XOS), a leading manufacturer of fully electric Class 5 to Class 8 commercial vehicles, for 10 Xos Class 7 refrigerated beverage trucks.

This initial test of electric trucks will be used to inform future deployments of Xos electric vehicles into the Company’s national fleet.

“We’re proud and excited to be the first North American wine and spirits distributor in the U.S. to incorporate electric vehicles into our fleet on this scale,” said Ron Flanary, Senior Vice President of Operations, Southern Glazer’s. “We recognize the environmental and efficiency benefits that electric vehicles can deliver for our business. We look forward to deploying the initial 10 Xos trucks into our fleet in 2022 and continuing to identify creative opportunities to reduce our environmental impact.”

The 10 first-of-their-kind vehicles will be deployed from Southern Glazer’s Dallas/Ft. Worth distribution center and used as part of the Company’s delivery fleet supporting the North Texas market in the second half of 2022. Plans to invest in electric vehicle charging stations at the facility are also underway.

“The beverage industry represents a growing sector for Xos and we’re thrilled to work with a well-regarded leader in the industry,” said Jose Castaneda, Vice President of Business Development, Xos, Inc.

This is the first major incorporation of electric vehicles into the Southern Glazer’s fleet, following the success of a recent pilot program testing the use of two electric transit vehicles in the company’s Arizona fleet. Southern Glazer’s received a Sustainable Options/Corporate Sustainability award for that program. The award was presented by Valley Metro, the public transportation agency that provides transit services throughout the region.

To learn more about Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and the Company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, visit www.southernglazers.com or download the Company’s latest Company Social Responsibility report here.

About Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the world’s preeminent distributor of beverage alcohol, and proud to be a multi-generational, family-owned company. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. In 2021, Southern Glazer’s was selected as a U.S. Best Managed Company by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal, as well as named by Newsweek as a Top 100 Most Loved Workplace. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit www.southernglazers.com.

About Xos, Inc.
Xos, Inc. is an electric truck OEM and Fleet-as-a-Service provider dedicated to decarbonizing commercial transportation. Xos designs and develops fully electric trucks, powertrains, and battery mobility systems specifically for commercial fleets. The company’s primary focus is on medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles that travel on “last mile” routes (i.e. predictable routes that are less than 200 miles per day). The company leverages its proprietary technologies to provide commercial fleets with zero-emission vehicles that are easier to maintain and more cost-efficient on a total cost of ownership (TCO) basis than their internal combustion engine and commercial EV counterparts. For more information, please visit www.xostrucks.com.

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Press Contacts:
Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC
Cindy Haas
Vice President, Communications & CSR
Office: (305) 625-4171, ext. 1166
Mobile: (786) 498-7640
Email: cynthia.haas@sgws.com 

Sofia Estevez
Manager, Communications & CSR
Office: (305) 625-4171, ext. 1162
Mobile: (786) 457-6821
Email: sofia.estevez@sgws.com

Xos Media Relations
Email: press@xostrucks.com