Tod Hynes, President & Founder
Tod manages XL Hybrids’ corporate strategy and operations. He also recruits the company’s team of employees and advisors and coordinates relations with key customers, stakeholders and investors. He lectures at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught the graduate course “Energy Ventures” for four years. Tod was the director of alternative energy at Citizens Energy for five years and started that company’s wind development business. Before working with Citizens Energy, Tod founded a consulting and engineering company in the distributed power generation market.
Tod also co-founded the MIT Clean Energy Prize and co-chaired the Energy Committee of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions (CERC), the organization that greened the 2004 U.S. presidential Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee. He has a Bachelor of Science in management science from MIT.
Justin Ashton, VP Business Development & Co-Founder
Justin leads market strategy and new product planning and serves as the head of strategic accounts, developing key customer and partner relationships. Prior to co-founding XL Hybrids, Justin founded NanoPur, a startup commercializing disruptive membrane technology for water desalination markets. NanoPur was a finalist in the MIT Clean Energy Prize. Justin has also advised a number of companies in the transportation, water, biofuels and electric utility sectors, as well as venture capital firms and angel investors looking to invest in clean energy technology companies.
Previously, Justin served six years as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, leading multinational teams and managing intelligence operations in 26 countries. Justin earned his Master of Business Administration from MIT Sloan and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and Latin American studies from the University of California, San Diego.
Clay Siegert, VP Supply Chain & Co-Founder
Clay is responsible for leading product development and engineering, component selection and sourcing, supplier relationships, and logistics. Prior to co-founding XL Hybrids, Clay had 12 years of experience with three companies, including Hudson Capital Group, an energy commodity trading firm; Smart Energy, a deregulated electricity and gas supplier; and consumer products company Start Space Games, which he founded.
Clay earned a master’s degree in engineering in supply chain and logistics from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College. While at MIT, Clay conducted his thesis on strategies for grid-scale energy storage applications. Clay also co-authored an MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics research study on vehicle-to-grid opportunities for corporate fleets.
Dr. Lovelace has 23 years leadership experience in electric power conversion technology and product development. He is the former CTO and executive vice president of engineering at Free Flow Power, a renewable generation project development company focused on hydropower. At Free Flow Power, he led the development of a hydrokinetic turbine system that was successfully deployed on the Mississippi River to generate electricity from the river currents. Previously, Ed was director of engineering development at Satcon, a leading U.S. alternative energy electric power conversion company, and prior to that was with the General Electric Aircraft Engine business. He has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering, and a Master of Science and doctorate in electrical engineering from MIT.
Jay Sandler, VP Sales
Jay leads the company's North American sales team. With more than three decades of commercial vehicle sales and business development experience, including a decade of success selling alternative fuel and powertrain technology to commercial fleet buyers, he will accelerate the sales growth of the company’s hybrid electric powertrains from hundreds to thousands of units annually. Previously, Jay held several senior executive sales positions at IMPCO Automotive, Azure Dynamics, Navistar and Rockwell Automotive. Most recently, Sandler founded and led a commercial vehicle and commercial chassis consulting company. He has been instrumental in rapid sales and revenue growth in the alternative transportation space and has worked closely as a supplier and partner with many of the top Fortune 500 fleets across North America.
Jay earned a bachelor’s degree in automotive engineering from Western Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University.
Neal Brenner, Director of Engineering
As director of engineering at XL Hybrids, Neal leads product engineering and the development of fleet data analytics capabilities. He manages XL Hybrid’s electrical, mechanical and software development resources and takes projects from the concept stage through commercialization. Previously, Neal worked at Texas Instruments in the field sales organization, where he was responsible for microcontroller products with more than 500 customers.
Neal studied electrical engineering and computer science as an undergraduate student at MIT, and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, where he was a Siebel Scholar.