Silicon Valley electric vehicle startup 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. For the past two years, SF Motors has been quietly assembling all the capabilities needed, including a world-class team, global R&D centers, and dual manufacturing facilities in the United States and China.
Now, the company announced its latest technological advances and a new line of intelligent electric vehicles at an invitation-only event at their Santa Clara headquarters, in the heart of Silicon Valley.
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 technological advances will be made available to others who share SF Motors’ vision for the electric vehicle industry. 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.
To ensure full control over performance optimization, the company has developed all its electronic controllers in-house. These controllers use advanced, unique algorithms to enable instantaneous all-wheel-drive torque vectoring. The company’s secure gateway unit provides a constant protection barrier for the vehicle’s data and over-the-air software updates.
Delivering a quality at scale with expertise from around the world
SF Motors 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.
Increasing EV adoption by accelerating the industry
SF Motors is taking a unique and differentiated approach to the market – it aims to make its vision of broader access to EVs a reality through win-win partnerships with others. The company aims to integrate electric and intelligent technology solutions and provide the manufacturing expertise to help accelerate the EV industry.
Specifically, SF Motors has committed to make its powertrain available to other automotive manufacturers, to share its local market understanding and global manufacturing network with new entrants, and incubate new technologies with strategic partners to ready them for industrial scale.