SOURCE: Miles Electric Vehicles

November 10, 2008 16:16 ET

John Bryson & Mac Heller Join Miles Electric Vehicles' Board of Directors

Major Electric Utility and Investment Banking Executives Back Electric Vehicle Maker

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - November 10, 2008) - Miles Electric Vehicles, a California-based all electric vehicle manufacturer, announced today the addition of John E. Bryson and Steven "Mac" Heller to its Board of Directors. Bryson and Heller bring extensive utility industry and investment banking experience to the Board and have each made significant investments to further progress MILES EV's vision of bringing safe, practical and economical all electric vehicles to the public.

"We are thrilled that John Bryson and Mac Heller have joined our Board and become involved in the development of the company. We look forward to them working actively with management and making a significant contribution to our impact on the automotive industry," said CEO, Kevin Czinger. "Miles Electric Vehicles has a watershed opportunity to transform the way Americans use energy and transport themselves, and both John and Mac have the deep experience and determination to help bring our vision to life," he said.

Bryson, a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, earned a reputation during his 20-year career at Edison International for being one of the nation's leaders in the development and use of renewable energy sources. Bryson began his career at Edison International in 1984, was named CEO in 1990, and also held the positions of chairman and president until he retired in July of 2008. Prior to joining Edison International, Bryson co-founded both the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Today he serves as a director for a number of prominent companies which include The Boeing Company, The Walt Disney Company, W.M. Keck Foundation, and California Endowment.

Heller joins the Board with over 20 years of investment banking experience. He began his career at Goldman Sachs in 1982 and advanced through the executive ranks to become the head of global mergers and acquisitions business in 1996. In 1999, Heller was also named co-head of Goldman Sachs' investment banking division where he played a lead role in numerous M&A and financing transactions until his retirement in 2002. Heller is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Bryson and Heller join current MILES Board members Miles Rubin, Chairman and Founder, Kevin Czinger, CEO, Alan Chesick, Legal Counsel, and Daniel Weiss, Managing Partner at Angeleno Group.


Headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., Miles Electric Vehicles expects to be the first to market with a cost effective, safe and practical, all electric highway speed vehicle. MILES brands, designs, markets and distributes electric vehicles, utilizing a strategy which, by outsourcing component development and manufacturing to a key set of Chinese and Western partners, allows MILES to develop vehicles rapidly in a flexible manner -- avoiding the traditionally capital intensive nature of the automobile business. The company is currently successfully marketing a line of low speed, all electric cars and trucks, which combine the best of US electric motor and controller technology with China's advanced battery and vehicle manufacturing capabilities. To date the company has built a prestigious fleet customer base that includes the City of Chicago, Stanford University, NASA, UC Berkeley, Wal-Mart, UCLA, Cal State Polytechnic University, Lockheed Martin and others.

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