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1st Delivery for Chassis Maker Harbinger

Harbinger Motors Inc., which makes the basic rolling underbody for several types of electric vehicles, has delivered its first chassis to a customer.

“The production line is starting to ramp up,” co-founder and Chief Executive John Harris said. Harbinger, founded three years ago, moved its base to Garden Grove last year.

Harbinger makes chassis—the supporting frame, battery pack, axle and motor of an electric-powered vehicle—that are then custom-outfitted into delivery vans and other similar-size medium-duty electric trucks, including recreational vehicles.

The first unit went to Elkhart, Ind.-based Thor Industries, the owner of an array of RV manufacturing companies, and an investor in Harbinger.

“We’re building about two chassis a week right now. That’s been ramping up nicely since the start of production in Q4,” Harris told the Business Journal on March 12.

He added: “Twelve months from now, we’re going to be building at a rate of about 20 chassis a week.”

The company has “just under 120 employees,” according to Harris, with plans to add another 50 to 75 this year.

Harbinger Motors said in September it had secured $60 million in a Series A funding round. Investors in the company include the Coca-Cola System Sustainability Fund managed by Greycroft, Thor Industries, Ridgeline and Tiger Global.

Harbinger’s new headquarters in Garden Grove runs about 185,000 square feet.

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