The move to electrification is affecting every facet of the auto industry, including the contract manufacturers that marry chassis produced by automakers with their own proprietary bodies.
One of the largest upfitters is J.B. Poindexter & Co., a company headquartered in Houston whose roots trace back to the early 1980s. It posted revenue of $2 billion in 2020 through eight business units that build everything from hearses to box trucks.
In late fall last year, the company added EAVX to its portfolio. The Ann Arbor, Mich., unit will work exclusively with electric vehicle chassis manufacturers.
CEO John Poindexter spoke with Staff Reporter Richard Truett. Here are edited excerpts.