SF Motors has announced its latest technological advances and a new line of intelligent electric vehicles. The company introduced its global business model, progress in electric and autonomous driving technology, e-powertrain, and two new electric vehicles designed around customer-centric principles. The new electric vehicles are the SF5 and the SF7. The SF5 will be available for pre-order by the end of 2018 and will hit the road in 2019.
The highlights of the announcement made by the company are as follows:
Proprietary powertrain delivers 1000 horsepower and accelerates to 60 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds.
Targeting “protective autonomy” safety technology by 2020, using a LiDAR system to handle typical driving tasks even in adverse weather and road conditions
Introducing two EVs–the SF5 and SF7–with the first vehicle available for pre-order by the end of 2018, and hitting the road in 2019
Only pure EV company today capable of independently building and selling EVs in two of the world’s largest markets–the U.S. and China–using Industry 4.0 manufacturing standards
Global R&D centers in the United States, Germany, China, and Japan–attracting the top talent in the industry
Industry partnerships include Bosch, Dürr, Siemens, University of Michigan, and others
Accelerating EV industry through a unique global business model that includes the sharing of technological advances with partners
SF Motors has created a proprietary powertrain that includes custom motors, gearboxes, battery cells and packs, as well as electronic controllers—giving the company control and flexibility in the design of their vehicles. The company has also focused on intelligent technologies to deliver new levels of autonomy and connectivity.
SF Motors has developed a flexible motor system allowing vehicle design using one, two, three, or four motor configurations. At the top end, the powerful four-motor system will deliver over 1000HP, meaning vehicles can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 3 seconds. The company’s motors, motor controllers, and gearboxes are key to this, with peak power ranging from 100KW to 400KW.
The company has introduced the concept of “protective autonomy,” creating systems that handle typical driving tasks with limited input from humans. These systems use deep neural network-based computer vision, combined with the accuracy of LiDAR sensor perception, to power a driver and vehicle monitoring system that creates a safer ride for all.
With these developments, SF Motors is quickly establishing its position as a leader in the field of intelligent EVs. The company is already road-testing its technology in California, Michigan, and China with the goal of bringing “protective autonomy” to the market in 2020.
The company has also developed a range-extension platform with a highly efficient, high-power onboard generator. This feature further extends the driving range for the company’s vehicles.
SF Motors has developed its own proprietary battery cells, with a leading energy density and a long cycle life. The company is also experimenting with next-generation battery modules that will integrate directly into the vehicle chassis. This design will also support rapid manufacturing using laser welding to connect the battery cells.
To ensure full control over performance optimization, the company has developed all its electronic controllers in-house. These controllers use advanced, unique algorithms to enable instantaneous all-wheel-drive torque vectoring.
The company’s secure gateway unit provides a constant protection barrier for the vehicle’s data and over-the-air software updates.
SF Motors will begin vehicle production this year at its state of the art Industry 4.0 facilities in the U.S. and China, targeting a total capacity of 200,000 units per year.