New SF Motors R&D facility will start operations by the end of 2018
SF Motors is set to open a new 130,000-sq. ft (12,077 sq m) R&D facility at the McCarthy Creekside Industrial Center in Milpitas, California. The location is very close to top-tier vendors and Silicon Valley talent pools, and adds to the company’s R&D facilities in Santa Clara, California, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Stuttgart, Germany.
Last year, it also acquired a production site in Indiana from former Hummer manufacturer AM General.
Chief Technology Officer Yifan Tang will be in charge of R&D, with the main focus on SF Motors’ proprietary battery, e-powertrain, and autonomous driving technologies. Among other things, the facility will oversee testing technology verifications, development of manufacturing processes, trial production and low-volume manufacturing. In addition, it will also investigate intelligent connectivity and user experience.
“Adding to our existing R&D labs, this new facility will conduct extensive design validation testing and low-volume manufacturing necessary to ensure smooth transition to mass production of our batteries and electric powertrains, which are key components of our vehicles,” said Tang. “Drawing on our global business model and decades of manufacturing experience, locating this facility near our Silicon Valley headquarters will strategically ensure quality and efficiency as we prepare to bring our intelligent EVs to market.”
At present, SF Motors is the only pure EV provider to wholly control and operate production facilities in the US and China.
The company revealed its first two production models – the SF5 and SF7 SUVs in March. The vehicles will be produced and delivered in 2019.
SF Motors will commence trial production of vehicles this year at its Indiana site and in Chongqing, China, targeting a total capacity of 200,000 units per year.