A globally-focused electric vehicle company with a manufacturing hub in Mishawaka is expanding its footprint. California-based SF Motors has announced a new research and development facility in its home state, which will also provide "low-volume" manufacturing when it begins operations by the end of the year.
Last month, SF Motors announced production could begin in Mishawaka by the end of the year. Last June, it announced plans to acquire an AM General facility in St. Joseph County and retain its workforce. The facility used to produce sport utility vehicles for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. before the contract expired.
Chief Technology Officer Yifan Tang "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. 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."
In addition to its presence in northern Indiana, its footprint includes operations in California, Michigan, Germany and China. SF Motors previewed its first concepts in March and said it eventually plans to produce 200,000 cars per year.