Viridi Parente is revolutionizing the way energy is stored and used with our safe battery pack technology. As the world moves away from archaic fossil fuels, our innovative technology is the only design in the market that can be safely installed and operated in nearly any environment or location and is rugged enough to withstand the harshest elements.

Building Up Buffalo

Jon M. Williams is rebuilding Buffalo after years of tearing down blighted properties in one of the nation’s poorest zip codes. 

Part of this shift included converting an abandoned General Motors plant into a hub for Greentech jobs and community organizations.

The 850,000 square-foot campus that once housed the world’s largest motor-vehicle manufacturer has been home to Viridi Parente for more than 10 years.

In that time, Jon has turned the fossil-fuel powered plant into a production powerhouse for sustainable energy products.

Jon — with the help of the team at Viridi Parente and its subsidiaries — will continue his mission to transform the community of East Buffalo and work to electrify local ecosystems across upstate New York, the Northeast U.S. and beyond with clean, quiet, efficient, and safe battery technology.

Major Company Milestones

  • 2009

    2009

    Company Founded through Predecessor

    Viridi Parente was established in response to a challenge to innovate and utilize new green technologies in the infrastructure and development sectors.

  • 2009
    2010

    2009

    First Prototype

    The first Green Machine, an excavator powered entirely by battery-electric, was made public. This was the first step toward electrifying the future.

  • 2009
    2012

    2010

    Green Machine Unveiled

    The first Green Machine, an excavator powered entirely by battery-electric, was made public.

  • 2010
    2013

    2012

    First Commercial Demonstration Unit

    The TB125 was unveiled as the first electrified excavator for commercial demonstration.

  • 2012
    2013

    2013

    Continued Development

    Green Machine debuted the e135 excavator, the second machine in its line of development.

  • 2013
    2013

    2013

    First Commercial Prototype

    We brought our revolutionary technology public to showcase its application in commercial settings.

  • 2013
    2014

    2013

    National Grid

    In partnership with National Grid we started utilizing our technology throughout upstate New York and the Northeast.

  • 2013
    2016

    2014

    First Generation Electric Light Tower

    In response to customer demand, Green Machine developed its first all-electric telescoping light tower.

  • 2014
    2017

    2016

    A New OEM Was Born

    Under a new agreement with Takeuchi to retrofit shells to be sold under the Green Machine brand, a new OEM was born.

  • 2016
    2017

    2017

    OEM Builds

    Green Machine partners with KATO – CES to build the electrification for 9vx and 17vx units.

  • 2017
    2019

    2017

    Volta Established

    Recognizing the need for distributed energy storage beyond construction applications, Viridi Parente retained industry leaders to lead the charge with Volta Energy Products.

  • 2017
    2020

    2019

    Additional OEM Partnerships for Compact Construction Equipment

    In 2019, Viridi Parente partnered with OEMs, including Doosan Bobcat and Case Construction to electrify those machines that consumers know and trust.

  • 2019
    2020

    2020

    Bobcat

    Dosan Bobcat and Green machine Partner to Produce Electric Compact Excavators

  • 2020
    2021

    2020

    Case 580EV Debut

    Case Construction invented the backhoe, Green Machine electrified it. In 2020, “Project Zeus” debuted at ConExpo being the first electrified machine in its class.

  • 2020
    2021

    2021

    Dennis Elsenbeck Named President

    Dennis Elsenbeck of National Grid named President

  • 2021
    2021

    2021

    Products

    Viridi Parente companies launch new platforms and product lines:

    Green Machine: E10, E20, E32, T7x, GME 1700
    Volta: FAVEO, rps50

  • 2021

    2021

    Recycling

    Through a partnership with Ly-Cycle, Viridi Parente commits to 100% recycling for all obsolete cells. This made Viridi Parente the first company in the industry to make such a commitment.

Our Leadership Team

Our team at Viridi Parente is dedicated to serving its clients and partners with the best technology and expertise in sustainable solutions to construction equipment, infrastructure, energy storage, and more. (optional): Hover over each picture to learn more about our team members.

  • JON M. WILLIAMS
    JON M. WILLIAMS

    CHAIRMAN & CEO

    JON M. WILLIAMS

    JON M. WILLIAMS

    CHAIRMAN & CEO

    As the brains behind Viridi Parente, Jon challenges every standard that the industry claims are unbreakable by leading the company’s efforts to deploy safe battery technology into markets dominated by fossil fuel energy products.

  • DENNIS ELSENBECK
    DENNIS ELSENBECK

    CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER

    DENNIS ELSENBECK

    DENNIS ELSENBECK

    CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER

    With a passion for sustainable technologies, Dennis joined Viridi Parente in February 2020 and is responsible for the strategic direction and alignment of products and services for subsidiaries Volta Energy and Green Machine. He also represents Viridi in legislative and regulatory interests on energy policy.

  • PAT HANLEY
    PAT HANLEY

    CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    PAT HANLEY

    PAT HANLEY

    CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    After previously serving as advisor to Viridi’s executive team on all matters legal and regulatory, Pat is now our COO, overseeing the administrative, managerial, and operational functions of Viridi’s business.

  • STEVE FINCH
    STEVE FINCH

    CHIEF MANUFACTURING OFFICER

    STEVE FINCH

    STEVE FINCH

    CHIEF MANUFACTURING OFFICER

    Steve joins Viridi’s executive team after over four decades in the automotive industry, giving much needed guidance, leadership, and knowledge for our long-term and day-to-day operations.

  • BROR JAN-ROGER LINNA, PHD
    BROR JAN-ROGER LINNA, PHD

    DIRECTOR OF CELL CHEMISTRY

    BROR JAN-ROGER LINNA, PHD

    BROR JAN-ROGER LINNA, PHD

    DIRECTOR OF CELL CHEMISTRY

    Dr. Linna is a highly accomplished author and scientist on topics related to lithium-ion chemistry and electric vehicles. He began his career with Volvo’s Electric Vehicle group, before moving to Envision International Corp. as their Principal for Energy and Transportation Technology. From there, Dr. Linna became the Senior Director and Chief engineer for electric vehicle batteries at Boston Power, Inc. He joined Viridi Parente, Inc., in 2018, and currently oversees Volta Asia as well as the Viridi cell development program.

  • NOAH PODOLEFSKY, PHD
    NOAH PODOLEFSKY, PHD

    CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER

    NOAH PODOLEFSKY, PHD

    NOAH PODOLEFSKY, PHD

    CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER

    Noah is committed to environmental stewardship and the development of new technologies that drive the green economy. He believes that to be widely adopted, products should be designed with an eye to purpose, function, and emotion. He is intensely focused on the user experience, whether it is with a smartphone app or an excavator.

  • WENDY PRABHU
    WENDY PRABHU

    CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

    WENDY PRABHU

    WENDY PRABHU

    CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

    Wendy leads Viridi Parente’s marketing and communications initiatives. She brings 20 years of communications expertise, the last 10 years in energy and renewable energy markets. Wendy has worked with companies such Sharp Electronics (energy storage division), Lincoln Clean Energy (now Orsted), and Fairbanks Morse. She has also served as an adviser to many private and publicly traded companies. Wendy is the co-founder of Mercom Capital Group, a clean energy communications and research firm.

Our Board of Directors

From Rust Belt to Green Belt

Viridi Parente is headquartered in an urban 850,000-square-foot facility on a 42-acre campus on the East side of Buffalo, New York. The building was constructed in 1923 by GM as its first manufacturing facility outside of Michigan and was subsequently occupied by American Axle & Manufacturing before the company completely abandoned it in 2007. Today, the former fossil-fuel-powered plant is a solar-powered facility – a fitting representation of Viridi Parente’s production of sustainable energy products that displace traditional fossil fuel generation.

The company currently occupies 120,000-square feet of the campus facility with the following:

60K

SQUARE FEET Assembly Space

20K

SQUARE FEET Office and Laboratory Space

40K

SQUARE FEET Shipping and Receiving Space