Detroit becomes engineering base for commercial electric vehicles
by Bradley Berman
Article continues at the link above.There is a ripple effect from Ford establishing its EV headquarters in Detroit’s Corktown, and GM dedicating its Detroit-Hamtramck plant for electric vehicles. America’s troubled automotive capital is taking on new importance as a center for EV engineering. That’s paying off in unexpected ways.
North Carolina’s Fontaine Modification this month opened a facility in Hamtramck to convert the chassis of Ford medium-duty trucks to electric vehicles.
Bay Area-based Motiv Power Systems provides batteries, controls, and motors to electrify Ford E-450 trucks. Motive is in the process of opening a Detroit-area engineering center. Motive customers for its electrified vehicles include Google, which uses them for employee shuttles, to Uniform supplier Aramark, which ordered 50 of them.