Electric vehicle (EV) company SF Motors is opening a new 130,000 sqft research and development (R&D) facility at the McCarthy Creekside Industrial Center in Milpitas, Calif, roughly 6 miles away from SF’s headquarters. SF Motors was founded in January 2016 after a large investment from Sokon Motors, a large Chinese automotive company.
At the new location, SF Motors plans to push forward its electric powertrain technology in Silicon Valley. The company currently has R&D facilities in Santa Clara, Calif.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Stuttgart, Germany.
SF Motors CTO Yifan Tang, said,
“Adding to our existing R&D labs, this new facility will conduct extensive design validation testing and small-scale manufacturing necessary to ensure a smooth transition to mass production of our batteries and electric powertrains, which are key components of our vehicles.”
Yifan Tang joined SF Motors in February 2017. He worked at prestigious companies such as Facebook and Tesla. Tang has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University and 35 U.S. patents.
SF’s Tang emphasized that the company’s abilities to produce small-batch trial production at their R&D facility will differentiate itself from other automotive manufacturers. The company plans to also produce battery cells at the facility and will test different cell configurations, modules, and battery pack sizes.
Last month, SF Motors previewed its first intelligent electric vehicles, battery innovations, electric powertrain systems and “protective autonomy” concepts. After two years of assembling the manufacturing capabilities required, SF Motors will begin trial production of vehicles this year at its state-of-the-art facilities in Mishawaka, Indiana and Chongqing, China, targeting a total capacity of 200,000 units per year.