Since implementing Arena, EVBox can work with contract manufacturers much easier, allowing them to work in other countries like France and the U.S. Whitacre said, “Having a single source of truth with Arena has been very helpful, especially when working with global locations. This is significant in our daily change management work as it makes information accessible and clear and streamlines the approval process.”
As EVBox has grown from 200 to over 700 employees, Arena has scaled with them and has helped them remain focused on the end-user experience. “We focus on the installer, so our products are easy to install, safe, and have a nice aesthetic design,” said Whitacre.
Another key benefit of implementing Arena has been a single source of truth platform for PLM and QMS. Before, EVBox had a stand-alone QMS solution. With Arena, they now have QMS and PLM in a single, unified system making it easier to manage from an IT perspective along with the ability to associate corrective and preventive actions (CAPAs) to changes and why they were made.
Arena brings product and quality information, cross-functional teams, and processes into a single cloud-native system so everyone is on the same page. This helps speed up new product development and new product introduction and simplifies documentation and compliance for regulations like UL and ISO. Work gets done faster whether it’s a new product or an existing product by speeding approvals and enabling collaboration with supply chains. With supply chains changing faster than ever, the cloud-native aspect of Arena makes it perfect for today’s agile teams like EVBox.
In a recent study conducted by EVBox, one of the major uncertainties about switching to electric driving is the availability of EV charging stations. If this key barrier for drivers is removed, EV adoption will increase exponentially. They have officially set the goal to deliver one million flexible and scalable charging stations to their customers and partners by 2025 and are ready to meet the challenge with the Arena PLM and QMS framework in place.