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    Detroit becomes engineering base for commercial electric vehicles

    Detroit becomes engineering base for commercial electric vehicles
    by Bradley Berman



    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.
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    Re: Detroit becomes engineering base for commercial electric vehicles

    Good for Michigan! I wonder if they'll ever be seen as a tech hotbed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Good for Michigan! I wonder if they'll ever be seen as a tech hotbed...
    Michigan has a well developed reputation as a hotbed for technology and invention. Much of that is related to the state's automotive industry (for example, with electric vehicles as mentioned in the OP), but innovative products and technologies invented in Michigan and/or by Michiganders encompass other areas too. Here are a few:

    • Saran Wrap, by Dow Chemical in Midland
    • News program delivered via radio, by station 8MK (later WWJ) in Detroit
    • Canned baby food, by Daniel Frank Gerber in Fremont
    • Patient adjustable hospital bed, by Homer Stryker in Kalamazoo
    • Four way traffic light, by William Potts in Detroit
    • Fiber optics, by Lansing native Donald B. Keck
    • Synthetic penicillin, by Battle Creek native John Clark Sheehan
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Good for Michigan! I wonder if they'll ever be seen as a tech hotbed...
    Quote Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
    Michigan has a well developed reputation as a hotbed for technology and invention. Much of that is related to the state's automotive industry (for example, with electric vehicles as mentioned in the OP), but innovative products and technologies invented in Michigan and/or by Michiganders encompass other areas too. Here are a few:

    • Saran Wrap, by Dow Chemical in Midland
    • News program delivered via radio, by station 8MK (later WWJ) in Detroit
    • Canned baby food, by Daniel Frank Gerber in Fremont
    • Patient adjustable hospital bed, by Homer Stryker in Kalamazoo
    • Four way traffic light, by William Potts in Detroit
    • Fiber optics, by Lansing native Donald B. Keck
    • Synthetic penicillin, by Battle Creek native John Clark Sheehan
    I've hired, worked with, and worked for several U Mich (Ann Arbor) graduates (mostly MS/PhDs) in EE/CS and they are all consistently excellent. Admittedly, this is just my opinion, but IMO U Mich attracts and graduates tech talent second to none in the world. I don't know if Michigan retains many of them when they graduate but I am starting to see more startups spun out of U Mich as well, which can only help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emh View Post
    I don't know if Michigan retains many of them when they graduate but I am starting to see more startups spun out of U Mich as well, which can only help.
    It does. About 40% of all living University of Michigan alumni around the globe currently reside in Michigan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
    It does. About 40% of all living University of Michigan alumni around the globe currently reside in Michigan.
    I was mostly referring to the computer engineering graduate programs (that's what I have experience with), and I suspect the % of those alums staying in Michigan is lower than the general pool but hopefully a decent number still stick around.
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    When this plays out, I do not see how Tesla stays relevant. They will have to out innovate, out manufacture and out distribute and out maintain for the customers... these 'dinosaurs' of Detroit.
    If there is one thing Detroit knows how to do, its make things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emh View Post
    I was mostly referring to the computer engineering graduate programs (that's what I have experience with), and I suspect the % of those alums staying in Michigan is lower than the general pool but hopefully a decent number still stick around.
    I don't know what the percentage is for that U of M department in particular, but given the strong demand for computer engineers at businesses, governments, universities, and other research institutes throughout Michigan, it makes sense that many U of M computer engineering alumni reside in the state.

    Michgan also ranks among the top 5 U.S. states in terms of research & development expenditures as a proportion of gross state product. Practically all R&D activities require the expertise of computer engineers to design systems that acquire, process, and analyze data. That should ensure ample work opportunities are available for such engineers in Michigan.
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    When this plays out, I do not see how Tesla stays relevant. They will have to out innovate, out manufacture and out distribute and out maintain for the customers... these 'dinosaurs' of Detroit.
    If there is one thing Detroit knows how to do, its make things.
    no COMPETITION between "detroit commercial EV and Tesla much like Porsche a Peterbilt both 200K but that is atout it

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    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    no COMPETITION between "detroit commercial EV and Tesla much like Porsche a Peterbilt both 200K but that is atout it
    Detroit is coming with a slew of performance EV's .. BY the time Ford is done with Mustang E, its going to be quick.

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    no COMPETITION between "detroit commercial EV and Tesla much like Porsche a Peterbilt both 200K but that is atout it


    F-150 electric will debut in 2021 will be on par with a top of the range ICE powered version on price.



    1 million pounds no other truck has ever done it, sounds pretty cool to me.
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    F-150 electric will debut in 2021 will be on par with a top of the range ICE powered version on price.



    1 million pounds no other truck has ever done it, sounds pretty cool to me.
    even at that it does NOT MAKE Tesla non relevant

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    Re: Detroit becomes engineering base for commercial electric vehicles

    ...as it should. But, let the customer decides how fast and far they push electric cars/trucks.

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