Chinese Company to Open R&D Facility near Ann Arbor

SF Motors Inc. is a Chinese automotive manufacturer, and they’re coming to Michigan. Recognizing the state as the global epicenter of electric vehicle research, the company chose to open a research and development facility in Pittsfield Township in Washtenaw County. With it comes 150 jobs, $10.7 million in investments to in the area, and a new player in Michigan’s EV development community.

The company says that their goal is to bring EV technology to the market, and they’re being aided by a $1 million performance-based grant from the Michigan Business Development Program of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

They say they chose Michigan because they recognized it was the leader in automotive technology research and boasts the highest concentration of engineers in the country. SF Motors wanted to be a part of that community.

Snyder and SF Motors Washtenaw County

Governor Snyder, Pittsfield Township, and Ann Arbor based SPARK all lobbied for SF Motors to invest in Michigan, and it comes at the same time as another big development in Michigan EV research.

GM has partnered with Kettering University in Flint to create a brand-new research and testing center for auto companies to use in conjunction with the University to research autonomous vehicles, vehicle safety, hybrid and electric technology, and more.

All of this was made possible by a $2 million grant to Kettering University from GM in 2015, and the first phase of the testing area held its ribbon cutting ceremony in October. More testing tracks, labs, and offices are on the way.

Some of the most exciting EV developments occur during research, so this is an exciting time for electric car research in Michigan.