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ChargeShare and Fēnix Form Partnership

ChargeShare and Fēnix Power form an integrated partnership.

Charlotte, NC | March 11, 2019 – Fēnix Power and ChargeShare effective immediately have agreed to a vertically integrated partnership to meet the needs of present and future customers. ChargeShare is a cutting edge electric vehicle charging network business with a first-of-its-kind crowdfunding platform enables EV and non-EV owners alike to be part of the electric vehicle revolution and profit from its success. Their existing and future charging network powered by renewable energy, technological advancements, and crowdfunding platform make them an ideal partner for Fēnix Power.

Fēnix and ChargeShare are working towards an integrated platform in which electric vehicle owners will be able to drive coast to coast using high-speed fast chargers powered by renewable energy and allow owners more control of their energy and storage needs. This network will be reliably powered by a robust micro-grid setup strong enough to withstand any environment. It is through this setup that customers will be able to confidently travel between destinations and beyond. It is in ChargeShare and Fēnix’s collective goal to provide reliable and affordable products that will promote a sustainable future for all. We believe that through this partnership, electric vehicle ownership will become an easy decision and life choice. We look forward to sharing more progress about this partnership soon.

For more information on ChargeShare please visit https://chargesharenetwork.com

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Our first 100!

I just want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who have placed a reservation.

As of today, we have 100 reservations for our LEAF solution!

While our early adopter reservation discount is now gone, we’re still offering an 80% reduction on installation for people placing a deposit going forward. So the first 100 are SOLD OUT, but we’re still taking reservations!

This is a huge milestone for us, since we’re in the middle of raising funding from accredited investors, two of their biggest asks from startups like us is to first, show real customer interest, a reservation with a deposit does exactly that. And second, to show that the customer interest scales beyond just a few interested people.

Thanks to you, our conversation with investors changes in a very good way today. When we begin installations, I want you all to remember that your early interest is a big part of making all of this happen.

So, at risk of sounding repetitive, from all of us to each of you, thank you for your support!

-John Bysinger
Founder & CEO of Fēnix Power

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A few words on modifying cars and their software…

One of the questions we get asked quite often is about the legality of modifying a car to install our solution.  In the US, aftermarket automotive suppliers have enjoyed more protections than in other countries for many years, however, cars have evolved beyond the standard definitions of those older rules.  For example, many cars have computers and software, and often multiple computers and a variety of software operating them.  Under the old rules and combined with modern software protection rules, where does this leave us?

Well, the simplest way for us to work under the rules as they stood until recently was to make physical changes to the car but to write our software to “play nice” with the car’s software.  This way we’re not actually “hacking” the car’s software, we’re simply emulating what it thinks it’s talking to.  Well that all just changed, and for the better!  The US Copyright Office has just issued it’s updated ruling on software modification and circumvention rules and has specific changes that apply to the automotive world.  Before I get into the details, first a couple of links:

IFIXIT wrote an article summarizing the changes: https://ifixit.org/blog/11951/1201-copyright-final-rule/

The Copyright Office ruling itself: https://www.copyright.gov/1201/2018/

To give a quick example that shows the intent of the ruling, this is from IFIXIT:

The Copyright Office clearly understands the frustration that the repair community is experiencing. In the introduction to their ruling, they include this quote, “[i]t’s my own damn car, I paid for it, I should be able to repair it or have the person of my choice do it for me.”

But more specifically on this topic, here are three quick summaries of how the changes apply to vehicles:

Repair of motorized land vehicles (including tractors) by modifying the software is now legal. Importantly, this includes access to telematic diagnostic data—which was a major point of contention.

And:

Computer programs that are contained in and control the functioning of a lawfully acquired motorized land vehicle such as a personal automobile, commercial vehicle, or mechanized agricultural vehicle, except for programs accessed through a separate subscription service, when circumvention is a necessary step to allow the diagnosis, repair, or lawful modification of a vehicle function, where such circumvention does not constitute a violation of applicable law

And:

Your ability to fix and maintain the products you own is contingent on being able to modify that software. But our tooling hasn’t kept up. For fear of prosecution, farmers and independent mechanics haven’t developed their own software tools to maintain their equipment. Now, they can.

This ruling doesn’t make that tooling available to the public—we’re going to need actual Right to Repair legislation for that. But it does make it legal to make your own tools. And that’s a huge step in the right direction.

So what does all of this mean?  It means we can now write our own software that modifies the software in the LEAF (tools), and it means we can change the software in the LEAF to make it compatible with our solutions (modifying the GOM parameters, circumvent battery swapping protections.)  It also means that others working on aftermarket solutions and software like the folks behind LeafSpy can expand the scope of their products to do more for the consumer.  This is a huge win for the aftermarket solutions business as it applies to Electric Vehicles.  With car manufacturers expanding their software to include hardware validation, encryption, and effectively blocking third-party solutions, those of us working in the aftermarket solutions business can now legally fight back.

-The Fēnix Power Team

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Fēnix reviewed by DaveinOlyWA

Dave Laur, a long-time Leaf advocate, a voice for EV in general and avid blogger has generously taken the time to get to know Fēnix and write about us.  We’re painfully aware of how early we’ve made our Leaf announcement and the need for more details for our customers, but we had a great conversation with Dave and shared a bit more with him than we can with the public in general.  And his review and assessment of us looks quite fair and highlights some of the questions and hesitations we’re seeing this early in the product release.  One thing is very certain:  Leaf customers are excellent skeptics and more knowledgeable about their vehicles and technology than most car buyers, which makes them tough customers.  But we’re confident as we get closer to production we’ll win them over and thrilled to be able to solve the long-time problems the Leaf has had:  no upgrade path, expensive battery replacement, and battery degradation.  It’s a great car, and we’re here to make it even better!

Take a look at Dave’s article on us and his other write-ups which are all very informative about the Leaf and EV in general.

https://daveinolywa.blogspot.com/2018/10/fenix-power-soon-to-offer-leaf-battery.html

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Press Release, Announcing C5, Leaf Pack, and BaaS Products

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fēnix Power announces the development of a new “Fēnix Battery as a Service” model for Electric Vehicles, and available in 2019 for Nissan Leaf and other EV Models.

Hendersonville NC, September 25, 2018. Fēnix Power Inc. is announcing that it is developing a new “Fēnix Battery as a Service” implementation for the Electric Vehicle Market. The intent is this new technology service will be available for original EV implementations and Battery replacement capability.”, states John Bysinger, CEO of Fenix Power Inc.
Fēnix Power, an EV focused startup originated out of Seattle, Washington, has recently relocated to the North Carolina area to co-locate with both the automotive industry and talent as well as to be closer to automotive enthusiasts in NASCAR’s backyard. Fēnix Power brings a fresh idea to the Electric Vehicle industry, the idea that the battery is not a component of the car, but a function of the fuel. With that in mind, Fēnix Power is striving to bring new technology and intelligence into the battery itself. This shift in thinking allows for new functionality and opportunity in the battery space.

By breaking down the monolithic single-part component that is the modern EV battery pack into smaller intelligent modules operating both independently and as a cohesive unit in the vehicle, Fēnix Power can remove the high cost of the battery from the vehicle’s complete cost. By leveraging modern wireless communications and the immutable data ledger that BlockChain provides, Fēnix Power can deliver battery modules that are remotely monitored and proactively replaced under a new Battery as a Service model. To demonstrate the usability and functionality of this new model Fēnix Power is announcing two new product lines and is currently taking deposits for early customers with deliveries starting and of Summer 2019:

The Fēnix Power C5:

Fēnix Power has just announced a limited run of 25 Fifth Generation Chevrolet Corvettes (1997-2004) that will be converted to wholly electric drivetrains in 5 stunning custom colors and 3 stages of performance available. This “Collectors Series” vehicles are sure to become instant classics with a new technology twist. Every Corvette includes the Fēnix Power Battery as a Service model, and the first 5 sold will be a stunning Fēnix Fire Orange and will come with FREE subscriptions to a never-degrading, never-aging, always-performing battery. Fēnix Power is taking reservations now at: http://fenixpower.wpengine.com/fenix-corvette

The Fēnix Power Leaf Battery:

Fēnix Power has also just announced a full pack replacement product for the Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) that replaces the stock battery module with Fēnix Power’s Battery as a Service technology. This pack replacement will enable the Nissan Leaf to stay at peak performance nearly indefinitely with a pack that is easily serviced and maintained in top performance. Fēnix Power will be identifying service agents in key markets to perform battery module replacement services for Fēnix Power Leaf Pack owners. This replacement service is free for as long as the vehicle is subscribed to the service. Additionally, with a core-exchange of the old, stock pack, our Battery as a Service product is a LOW cost installation with a simple, affordable monthly service subscription. Fēnix Power is taking deposits for early adopter battery customers starting immediately. These early customers have early access to the Fēnix Power service and may enjoy discounts on their subscriptions as well: http://fenixpower.wpengine.com/leafbattery

Fēnix Power plans to deliver the first versions of these products beginning at the end of Summer 2019, with additional exciting products leveraging this new Battery as a Service technology soon. Something to look forward to: We plan on developing a conversion kit that can be installed by a skilled home mechanic in nearly every generation of Ford F-Series pickups going back for 2 decades, and plan on delivering this product in early 2020.

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This Press Release is available for distribution at the following URL:

http://fenixpower.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Fenix-Power-PRESS-RELEASE-9-25-2018.pdf

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Fēnix Power is going through some changes

After two years of learning from our customers, studying the power and EV markets, seeking advisors and investors, we’re getting ready for some big changes.  What you see here, on our new website is a new focus on power and energy.  While this may seem like a big pivot for us, surprisingly our core idea included these uses from inception.

Launching a startup is always a learning experience, and for Fēnix Power, this learning was hunting our first customer opportunity.  Seeking the right fit for the product to launch and take hold is what we’ve been doing.  We initially started with a focus on Electric Vehicles, but what we found was skepticism about launching such a big idea.  Vehicles are hard, complex, and a challenging market, simply watching Tesla’s struggles is a testament to how difficult that market can be.  But that said, we’re NOT giving up on vehicles, in fact, we may have some flagship vehicle interest in the form of real, committed customers.  We’ll share more on that later.

So what’s our focus now?  Our idea has always been about re-thinking energy, and we believe that there may be an opportunity in distributed micro-grids.  Stay tuned for more news about that later!