SF Motors to begin EV production this year – partnerships with Bosch, Siemens
Electric vehicle company SF Motors aims to accelerate the growth of the EV industry at large through a premium consumer vehicle brand and by supporting other players in core EV technologies and manufacturing. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with facilities across the world, SF Motors is the only pure EV provider to wholly control and operate production facilities in both the U.S. and China.
For the past two years, SF Motors has been quietly assembling all the capabilities needed, including a world-class team, global R&D centers in the United States, Germany, China, and Japan, and dual manufacturing facilities in the United States and China.
The company will begin vehicle production this year at its state of the art Industry 4.0 facilities in the U.S. and China, targeting a total capacity of 200,000 units per year. To ensure the highest quality production across both facilities, SF Motors has partnered with top equipment makers and suppliers like Dürr, Siemens, AFT, Bosch, Infineon technologies, Samsung SDI, and LGC to outfit their facilities and support their production.
Led by Founder and CEO John Zhang, SF Motors introduced its global business model, progress in electric and autonomous driving technology, e-powertrain, and two new electric vehicles designed around customer-centric principles. The new electric vehicles are the SF5 and the SF7. The SF5 will be available for pre-order by the end of 2018 and will hit the road in 2019.
Today, SF Motors continues to attract the best and brightest team from around the world and is cultivating talent from global-scale market leaders like BMW and Audi, innovative icons like Apple and Facebook, and early EV entrants like Tesla. SF Motors is committed to open sharing within the fast-growing EV industry, enabling best-in-class intelligent EVs to be produced at scale to satisfy global demand.
SF Motors sets a new bar with its developments in the emerging areas of electric and intelligent technologies. The company has created a proprietary powertrain that includes custom motors, gearboxes, battery cells and packs, as well as electronic controllers giving the company extraordinary control and flexibility in the design of their vehicles.
SF Motors has developed a flexible motor system allowing vehicle design using one, two, three, or four motor configurations. At the top end, the powerful four-motor system will deliver over 1000 HP, meaning vehicles can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 3 seconds. The company’s motors, motor controllers, and gearboxes are key to this, with peak power ranging from 100 KW to 400 KW.
In the field of intelligent technology, SF Motors has introduced the concept of “protective autonomy,” creating systems that handle typical driving tasks with limited input from humans. These systems use deep neural network-based computer vision, combined with the accuracy of LiDAR sensor perception, to power a driver and vehicle monitoring system that creates a safer ride for all. With these developments, SF Motors is quickly establishing its position as a leader in the field of intelligent EVs. The company is already road-testing its technology in California, Michigan, and China with the goal of bringing “protective autonomy” to the market in 2020.
Intelligent production with “big data” is key to SF Motors’ success, and the company continues to invest heavily in automation, with body shops and process quality control centers that are 100 percent automated. On the other hand, its investment in big data and IT technologies connects the company’s U.S. and China facilities, enabling them to share data and learnings in real-time to improve production and maintain quality standards.
The company’s SF5 model exemplifies those design principles with its human-machine interface, intelligent air suspension, fastback silhouette, accelerated roofline, Sigma-shaped lights, integrated charge port opening, and other performance-enhancing features.
Inherent in SF Motors’ global business model is the intent to pursue industry collaboration and development with partners to quickly scale industry-wide production of intelligent EVs. SF Motors recognizes that this global ambition requires a global footprint. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with technology and design centers in the U.S., Europe, and China.
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