San Jose, California – Hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain providersEfficient Drivetrains Inc. (EDI), plans to open a global innovation center and headquarters in the Silicon Valley. An office location has been selected in Milpitas, California – close to automotive and technology innovators like Tesla Motors, Cisco, and Sandisk. EDI expects to open its new offices in January 2015.
"By establishing the Silicon Valley Innovation Center, EDI is well prepared to support new market and customer opportunities,” said CEO Joerg Ferchau. “Our goal is to create an open, collaborative innovation center that inspires EDI team members, our partners, and the industry at large to push the boundaries of clean tech innovation.”
The new global headquarters brings together EDI’s research and development teams, sales, marketing, and administration in 30,000ft2 of space dedicated to its development, manufacturing, and global operations. The space design has an open flow, without traditional cubical set ups to enable the free-exchange of ideas and information.
In addition to housing the company’s many corporate and administrative functions, EDI will launch a new Innovation Center where its expert technology team will collaborate directly with customers to build world’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and electric vehicle solutions. The initial Innovation Center project roster has been identified and will include customer representation from North America, China, and Korea.
EDI’s Dixon, California, presence will continue operations, serving as a development, demonstration and Americas support center. EDI will also maintain its development and manufacturing operations in Beijing, and Wuxi China.