Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) Extends Solution Offering with EV and PHEV Vehicle Development Center

The EDI Vehicle Development Center is focused on vehicle engineering and electrification projects

MILPITAS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), a global leader in advanced high-efficiency zero emissions hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain solutions today 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 considerable strengths in 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.

EDI Vehicle Integration Concept

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 EV 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.



News Highlights:

  • Efficient Drivetrains announces the creation of its North American Vehicle Engineering and Integration location, focused on the rapid development of proof-of-concept, demonstrator, and production-ready EV and PHEV vehicles
  • The new division will focus on development of commercial fleet solutions spanning class 3 through 8 for industries including: work trucks, logistics trucks, and mass transportation solutions for utility, municipality, freight, people movement, and port applications
  • The company will continue to expand its portfolio of solutions: EDI PowerDrive™ line of EV and PHEV drivetrains, EDI PowerSuite™ Vehicle Control Software and Telematics, and EDI Power2E™ 2 Way Charging and Exportable Power for end users, vehicle manufacturers and integrators throughout 2017

 Supporting Quotes:

“Our expanded services offering and vehicle engineering and manufacturing focus, allows our customers to benefit from the experience EDI has developed while engineering and building numerous quick turn hybrid and electric vehicles in the past. It also provides our customers with a smooth path to production as we can support limited volume builds and also transfer knowledge to them as they establish their production lines.

With the rapid movement for commercial fleet operators to comply with zero-emissions regulations, expanding our solutions offering to include vehicle integration services and support will accelerate the ability for Tier 1 Suppliers, OEMs, upfitters to offer compliance-ready vehicles, while reducing time to market and overall development costs. EDI has a proven process for working with our customers and their suppliers to quickly establish productive synergy and tremendous results.

As we continue to grow our business, it is critical that our organizational structure and solution offering enable the speed and agility necessary to win today and in the future. The changes we are announcing, reflect our commitment to developing the industry’s leading next generation of EV and PHEV commercial work truck solutions.”

-Joerg Ferchau, CEO, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. 

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