The Hybrid Shop Remains the Sole Distributor of AR&D Battery Conditioning Technology and Protects Dealer Partners with Exclusive Protected Territory Rights

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American Arbitration Association Rules in Favor of The Hybrid Shop (THS) in Binding Arbitration with Automotive Research and Design (AR&D)

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Our primary objective was always to defend and uphold the promises made to our existing dealers – protecting their territories, maintaining their equipment, and continuing to provide training and support. - Matt Curry, THS Founder

The Hybrid Shop (THS), the leader in hybrid and electric vehicle (HEV) diagnostics and maintenance, announces today that it was successful in defending its Contract with Automotive Research and Design (AR&D). A nearly year-long legal dispute came to a close earlier this month when an American Arbitration Association appointed arbiter ruled in favor of THS. (Reference: AAA Case Number: 01-15-0003-9133)

According to court documents, the arbiter ruled that the Contract remains in full force and effect, which affirms THS’ exclusive rights to, among other things, modify, make and distribute to automotive aftermarket repair and service facilities (including automobile dealerships) within a geographic field that includes the United States (including its territories), Canada, Australia and Singapore AR&D Know-How (including AR&D developed equipment and services related to testing, recharging and reconditioning batteries and testing transmission/electric motors used in Hybrid Vehicles).

Also referenced in the letter of award, the arbiter enjoined AR&D from selling or offering to sell products or services related to AR&D Know-How, including future innovations that are reasonably similar to or drawn from AR&D Know-How, to automotive aftermarket repair and service facilities in the geographic field. Court documents went on to state that the evidence proved that AR&D committed, and threatens to continue to commit, material breaches of the Contract, the arbiter further enjoined AR&D from allowing or permitting any third party (including FutureTech, LLC) to offer or sell products or services related to AR&D Know-How to automotive aftermarket repair and service facilities in the geographic field. This ensures that only THS has the legal right to offer and sell AR&D battery conditioning equipment in these markets.

“We were confident from the beginning that we had honored the terms of our contract with AR&D,” said THS Founder, Matt Curry. “Our primary objective was always to defend and uphold the promises made to our existing dealers – protecting their territories, maintaining their equipment, and continuing to provide training and support. The arbitrator reviewed all the facts and ruled in THS’ favor and benefiting our dealers, allowing THS to continue to exclusively offer to the automotive aftermarket repair and service facilities in the geographic field the choice of two commercial battery conditioning units – those manufactured by AR&D and NuVant.” Curry continued, “We did not seek this dispute or in any way intend to harm AR&D, but are extremely pleased that the actions we took to protect THS and our dealers was vindicated. We look forward to returning 100% of our focus to expanding the THS network and serving our dealers.” 

THS’ hybrid battery conditioning is a green service that restores up to 95% of the battery pack’s original power and energy, while driving significant increased fuel economy over the vehicle’s lifetime. As part of THS’ fractional franchise program, repair shops are able to offer a comprehensive menu of hybrid services, in addition to battery conditioning, that ensure their hybrid customers reap the rewards from receiving the highest quality repair and maintenance.

About The Hybrid Shop (THS)
Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Gainesville, VA, The Hybrid Shop (THS) is a growing international network of high quality dealers that are committed to providing expert care for hybrid and electric vehicles by embracing the latest battery pack conditioning, hybrid technology and knowledge that is only available to licensed dealers. For additional information about THS, please visit http://www.thehybridshop.com. Also, follow THS on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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