DSG Global Inc. (OTCQB: DSGT) is an emerging global technology company with interconnecting businesses in fast growing market sectors. With roots in the golf industry, the company specializes in golf fleet management and is moving quickly into road-ready electric vehicles for delivery in the third quarter of 2021.
In 2020, the company secured exclusive North America distribution rights for Jonway Automobile Co. road-ready electric vehicles (EVs). Jonway, based in Zhejiang, China, began manufacturing new vehicles in 2003 and today produces Electric powered Cars, Trucks, Vans, SUV’s, and Scooters. Jonway vehicles are exported to more than 80 countries and are built to comply with U.S. safety and environmental standards.
These vehicles are being sold via DSG’s wholly owned subsidiary, Imperium Motor Company (IMC). The move into consumer vehicles capitalizes on the company’s strength in the selection and distribution of EVs, the ability to work with large manufacturers and in application of proprietary technology unique to DSG. DSG’s advanced fleet tracking can be integrated into Jonway EVs to offer a customized scalable and integrated solution to meet the needs of small businesses and large enterprises.
The Future is Electric
With decades of EV experience in golf, including distribution of highly advanced carts, DSG recognized the huge chasm between consumer interest in acquiring road ready EVs versus current EV models’ lack of availability and affordability. As such, the company focused on becoming a distribution and EV brand management company unencumbered by the manufacturing process. The manufacturers take responsibility for building vehicles to DSG’s specifications and fulfillment of regulatory and licensing requirements.
DSG has also established a distribution agreement with Skywell New Energy Automobile Group Ltd., an Asian-based EV manufacturer. Skywell will supply DSG with SUV’s, Passenger Vans, Cargo Vans, Commercial Vehicles and Buses that will be fully certified for use in the United States.
Imperium Motor Company (IMC) seeks to transform the way the world drives by making greener transportation available to everyone. IMC is an EV sales and marketing company that distributes directly to consumers and through third party distributors, offering a wide variety of affordable vehicles equipped for the North American market. The company’s emphasis is on great design, a green mindset, performance and functionality. Its vehicles include 26 models of high-speed, mid-speed and low-speed electric vehicles including cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, buses and scooters.
Vantage Tag Systems (VTS) is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of fleet management solutions for the golf industry. VTS has developed the TAG suite of products that represents the industry’s first completely modular fleet management solution. The company’s patented analytics, mobile touch screen GPS units and electric golf carts are sold around the world through a network of established distributors and partnerships with notable brands in fleet and equipment manufacture. VTS solutions also have applications in managing commercial, agricultural, military and government fleets. VTS is a wholly owned subsidiary of DSG Global.
The global EV market was valued at $273 billion in 2017, according to Fortune Business Insights, and is projected to exceed $987 billion by 2027, with a projected CAGR of 17.4 percent. The relative high manufacturing costs of EVs compared to gasoline-powered vehicles and the resulting higher sticker price to consumers are major obstacles to near term market adoption.
The global e-bike market is estimated to grow to $70 billion by 2027 from its current valuation of $41.1 billion. An estimated 130 million e-bikes are expected to be sold globally over the next two years. The U.S. imported approximately 600,000 e-bikes in 2020, according to the Light Electric Vehicle Association, and its analysts expect that number will grow substantially in 2021.
Robert “Bob” Silzer is the CEO of DSG Global. He is a serial entrepreneur who turns technology ideas in high growth industries into profitable businesses. With roots in the golf industry, he founded Vantage Tag Systems in 2008. Vantage Tag Systems is now a DSG subsidiary specializing in GPS-enabled fleet management.
Zahir Loaiza is the interim CFO of DSG Global. She assumed the role in March 2021, after having previously served as the company’s Corporate Controller. Her diverse international experience includes working at a publicly traded mining company, several law firms and more in the U.S., Canada and South America. Prior to pursuing a career in corporate finance, she was the owner of two retail entities.
Rick Curtis is the president and COO of Imperium Motor Company, the automotive subsidiary of DSG Global. His 40-year background in the automotive industry includes manufacturing, vehicle distribution, parts distribution, service management, dealer development and executive management of dealer groups. Prior to joining Imperium, Mr. Curtis served as president of Mullen Technologies and grew the company into a world class provider of electric vehicles, battery technology and energy storage systems.
William “Bill” Rex is president of Imperium Motor’s EV Bus and Motor Home Division. He has more than 40 years’ experience at suppliers of buses/electric buses, motor homes, trucks, specialty vehicles and batteries. He is the founder of Rexhall Industries Inc., formerly a publicly traded manufacturer of RVs and distributor of buses and coaches. He previously served as president of THOR West, a subsidiary of THOR Industries that manufactures shuttle buses, and as president of BYD Coach and Bus.
Patrick J. Parenti is the SVP Global Sales at DSG subsidiary Vantage Tag Systems. He has nearly 30 years of experience in golf and golf course management. Prior to joining DSG in 2012, Mr. Parenti served for 10 years as SVP at ProLink Systems, a leading global provider of GPS golf-course management systems.
Clint Singer is Director of Engineering at Vantage Tag Systems. He has been a senior developer in the golf industry for more than 20 years and has an extensive background in GPS systems.
Daniel Price is Technical Operations Manager of DSG Global’s European Region, UK, South Africa. In addition to his background in mechanical and electronic engineering, he is an audio engineer, specializing in automotive audio and security. He has also worked with high end electronic security companies in the UK and previously owned an electronic security and CCTV company.
Steven Mueller is Operations Manager at Vantage Tag Systems. He worked in the global pulp and paper market for nine years, facilitating the global movement of thousands of tons of timber products annually. Additionally, he has a successful decades-long track record of managing operations and consulting for a wide range of retail businesses.
- The DSG Global management team has more than a century of combined experience in all aspects of the North American automotive industry, as well as more than 50 years in the design and manufacture of wireless, GPS and fleet tracking solutions.
- DSG Global subsidiary VTS finalized nearly $1 million in contracts to install and maintain VTS Fleet Management products in Q2 2021 at 15 golf courses in the U.S. and Singapore.
- IMC is introducing the Terra-E Truck, Electric powered RVs, Skywell Buses, Rumble/Rover E-bikes, Skywell D-11 cargo and passenger vans and the Skywell K-15 box truck, increasing the company’s product line to 26 EV models.
- IMC is expected to begin delivering EVs to the North American market in Q3 2021.
- DSG Global opened and took delivery of vehicle stock for IMC’s Experience Center in Fairfield, California, and established its first North American manufacturing and R&D facility in Palmdale, California.