VANCOUVER, British Columbia and LISBON, Portugal, May 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TUGA Innovations, Inc. (CSE: TUGA) (FRA: DQ5) (OTC: TUGAF) (“TUGA Innovations,” or the “Company”), which is developing solutions for urban mobility challenges with the TUGA, a new type of electric vehicle (“EV”), is pleased to announce the appointment of experienced product developer and mechanical engineer, Mr. Samuel Gomez to the role of Head of Engineering for Portuguese operations.
Mr. Gomez brings over 6 years of direct experience in vehicle tuning with a focus on ride & handling improvements. His career includes over 12 years experience in mechanism optimization including virtual development utilizing linear and non-linear finite element methods (CAE) along with extensive mechanism simulation studies including Multi body Simulation (MBS) with rigid and flex bodies. He also brings over 5 years of experience in project management leadership across multiple engineering teams extending to integration with related departments such as finance, quality, and marketing. Previously he served in a variety of mechanical engineering roles with SAE International, Cikautxo, S. Coop., Mondragon Corporation, Volkswagen do Brasil, and at Engbras, and as vehicle dynamics and structural engineer at General Motors. Prior to his commercial career he was extensively involved with advanced motorsport engineering at various regional operations (since 2000). He has earned several engineering honors and a bachelor’s degree, mechanical and automotive engineering, Universidade Paulista 2009.
Working closely with TUGA Innovations’ partners at Optimal Structural Solutions Lda of Portugal, Mr. Gomez is tasked with overseeing and managing the relationship and responsibility for competitive performance metrics. His area of responsibility includes benchmark assessment of the TUGA innovative expandable rear axle and concurrent feature improvements to the interchangeable body configurations for the commuter, ride-share delivery, taxi, rental, and leisure markets.
Newly appointed Head of Engineering, Samuel Gomez states, “This is a wonderful opportunity to develop a truly innovative product that could help re-shape urban transportation in so many ways. From the first moment I saw the designs and prototype I knew this was a great honor and opportunity, and I look forward to rising to the challenge.”
In related news, Mr. Kraig Shultz has stepped down from his role as Chief Technology Officer with immediate effect. His endeavors during the founding phase of the Company and initial engineering efforts were essential to the early-stage development of the vehicle. Mr. Shultz remains as a director of the Company.
Company CEO John Hagie notes, “We are thrilled to have Samuel join us here in Portugal to oversee and assist the engineering team with achieving great product development success. Now that we have formalized our business with headquarters and suppliers here in the area around Lisbon, I want to personally thank Kraig for his enthusiasm and the participation of his team in Michigan for their drive and commitment to help turn Tuga into reality. We have a great and growing team who are aligned with the goal of seeing Tuga reach commercial production and I’m truly delighted by the enthusiasm and passion for change this clever little vehicle has been able to ignite.”
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Chief Executive Officer & Director
TUGA Innovations, Inc.
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About TUGA Innovations, Inc. (CSE: TUGA) (FRA: DQ5) (OTC: TUGAF)
TUGA Innovations is a development-stage electric vehicle company undertaking the conception, design, and production of specialized EVs to improve the urban mobility experience. The Company is looking to reduce urban mobility difficulties by developing a three-wheeled, fully electric fore-and-aft 2-seat vehicle. The vehicle will be no wider than a motorcycle for agility and will have a patent pending expanding rear axle for high-speed stability and a proposed patent pending expandable chassis and body length for passenger comfort. The vehicle will offer advanced connectivity technology to maximize safety, performance, environmental impact, comfort, maintenance, and navigation. The TUGA vehicle is being designed to deliver an estimated 160 km range, have an estimated top speed of 140km/hour with the comforts of a car, and with more protection than a motorcycle in an interchangeable multi-body, multi-function platform. Find out more at: https://tugainnovations.com/.
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