Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Development Center Created

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Concept for the company’s expanded Dixon, CA facility, which houses the EDI Vehicle Engineering and electrification projects. (Photo: Business Wire)

, a global provider of advanced high-efficiency zero emissions hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain solutions  announced the creation of a hybrid and electric vehicle center of excellence focused on the development of EV and PHEV commercial vehicles for its customers in North America. The new business unit will apply the company’s strengths in the rapid creation of proof-of-concept and demonstrator vehicles for Tier 1 suppliers, OEMs, upfitters, and end users looking to offer performance-leading electrified vehicles.

The new division will be operated out of the company’s recently leased facility in Dixon, CA, and will begin new OEM and end-user customer projects by the end of Q1 2017. The expanded facility will be responsible for integrating the company’s EDI PowerDrive™ line of electric vehicle and PHEV drivetrains, EDI PowerSuite™ Vehicle Control Software and Telematics, and EDI Power2E™ 2 Way Charging and Exportable Power solutions into commercial fleet vehicles.

The Vehicle Engineering and Integration division will work with Tier 1 suppliers, vehicle OEMs, upfitters, and end users to rapidly bring electrified vehicles to market and can also support limited volume builds of those vehicles. The company’s Silicon Valley Global Headquarters and Innovation Center will continue to house EDI’s drivetrain and electrification products engineering, research and development, sales, marketing, and administration divisions.

Efficient Drivetrains has become proficient in developing proof-of-concept, demonstrator, and production-ready vehicles as traditional OEMS, upfitters, and end users look to comply with industry regulations and mandates requiring zero-emissions vehicle capabilities.

Using a turnkey approach, EDI works with customers to rapidly design and construct demonstration vehicles. The company has already implemented its PowerDrive™ and PowerSuite™ solutions on major OEM platforms globally, including Ford, GM, International, Peterbilt, Freightliner, JAC, Shaanxi, Ankai, Xinkai and others. EDI’s goal is to support its customer by providing a service to rapidly integrate the company’s products and technologies into commercial vehicles of all types and then to transfer that build knowledge to OEMs and vehicle upfitters for mass production. EDI can also support limited volume builds of those rapidly developed vehicles until OEMs have their production lines established.


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