Electric vehicle developer SF Motors has announced that it will open a new R&D facility in Milpitas, California, allowing it to tap into Silicon Valley’s proximity to vendors, and to the area’s talent.
The company will add engineering and manufacturing jobs at the new facility in late 2018.
SF Motors’ R&D and low-volume manufacturing efforts at the site will be led by Chief Technology Officer Yifan Tang, with a focus on the company’s battery, e-powertrain and autonomous driving technologies.
“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.
SF Motors will be the first tenant at McCarthy Creekside, a new industrial manufacturing development in Silicon Valley by McCarthy Ranch.
“As SF Motors continues to attract top talent across the EV and tech sectors, the company is clearly putting its people first,” said McCarthy Ranch Principal, Joey McCarthy.
“This site will not only satisfy its local R&D needs, but also offer employees adjacent retail and outdoor amenities.”
SF Motors plans to use the 130,000 square foot facility for testing verification of its technologies, the development of manufacturing processes, trial production and low-volume manufacturing. The site will also focus on intelligent connectivity and user experience feature development.