SF Motors teases two new EVs, plans to begin production this year

After two years in stealth mode, Santa Clara-based SF Motors recently announced details of two upcoming EVs, the SF5 and the SF7. The SF5 will be available for pre-order by the end of 2018 and is scheduled to hit the road in 2019. The company plans to begin vehicle production this year at its facilities in the US and China, aiming for a total capacity of 200,000 units per year.

SF Motors is a strong believer in building critical components in-house. It has partnered with suppliers including Dürr, Siemens, AFT, Bosch, Infineon, Samsung SDI and LGC to create a proprietary powertrain that includes custom motors, gearboxes, and electronic controllers. The company has even developed its own proprietary battery cells and a patented liquid-cooled battery pack.

SF has devised a flexible motor system that allows it to design vehicles using one, two, three, or four motors. At the top end, its powerful four-motor system will deliver over 1,000 hp, launching its vehicles from 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds. The company’s motors, motor controllers, and gearboxes are integral to this performance, with peak power ranging from 100 to 400 kW. SF’s electronic controllers, all developed in-house, enable instantaneous all-wheel-drive torque vectoring.

In 2016, the company acquired a factory near South Bend, Indiana (poetic justice department: the former AM General plant used to build Hummers), and retooled it for EV production. The company is investing heavily in automation, and says it has body shops and process quality control centers that are 100 percent automated.

“We consider our US plant in Indiana and our China facility in Chongqing to be among the most automated plants in the world, with partners that are the world’s foremost leaders in manufacturing,” said Chief Production Officer Jim Finn.

“My team and I come from automotive backgrounds rich in tradition, and have designed and built cars for some of the most exclusive high-end US and European automakers,” said Chief Engineer Thomas Fritz. “We believe what we’re designing today honors those roots, while enabling us to bring forward a new vision of mobility.”

“Our mission is to transform human mobility – and perhaps our planet – through intelligent EVs,” said founder and CEO John Zhang. “To do this, we can’t follow the same path as every other EV company. We aim to be the company that shares integrated technology solutions and provides the manufacturing expertise to make more EVs a reality. We believe everyone wins with the wider adoption of EV technology.”






Source: SF Motors

  • James D. Steil

    HOW MUCH?? Hahahahahahah. I thought-so.

    • Benjamin Nead

      Yeah, this may end up being the next Faraday Futures or Lucid. We simply don’t know yet. I do think, though, that we’re starting to see a few too many similar-looking cost-no-object luxury EV startups. Time for some market diversification.

      I’m more inclined to think that the Chinese (BAIC) or Indians (Tata) will develop a subcompact or compact class EV for the North American market and that will be the next big EV story. Or, Workhorse Group with its PHEV pickup truck really ramping up, as vehicles in that class could really use an electric alternative.

      • CMCNestT .

        Neither Lucid nor Faraday Future are the subsidiaries of an $18B established automaker and neither have purchased a former auto factory.

      • Denys Allard

        Read the latest issue of “Charged” mag about Lucid.

  • sickofgovwaste

    Nice lines! Unlike manufacturers obsession with them, I’m not concerned with the performance numbers of EVs–the Nissan LEAF’s torque and responsiveness are all I’d ever need/want. But I do like the idea of having some sheet metal that looks great, along with advanced safety tech built into the vehicle.

    All in all, more EVs in the marketplace = better for consumers. Always!

  • SKPnSF

    How much $ ? how far on a charge ? and how long to recharge ? No mention of that? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXHIST !

    • Quick Quote

      Exhist is spelled exist. And it’s the Model 3 that doesn’t exist.

      • W0QR

        What are those new Teslas..you know the ‘little’ ones. I’ve seen them around..what..oh, yeah, Model 3s!

        • Quick Quote

          I haven’t seen any and I live in a town that’s well known for its high density of EVs. You must be a TSLA investor. Too bad the car and your investment is crashing. And let us not forget about that rusty bolt recall. Sad.

          • W0QR

            Yeah, I got one of those corroded bolts. I have to admit I’ve only seen 2 model 3s in town..don’t know if they reside here. Then saw one on the interstate.

          • doctorpete

            The rusty bolt voluntary recall is associated with zero incidents, zero injuries, zero deaths. How many deaths did the GM ignition switch fiasco cause?

          • Benjamin Nead

            Enough of the “No Model 3” conspiracy theories! You’re embarrassing yourself.

            There are already at least 2 of them in the Tucson, Arizona, metro area and I had a chance to drive one of them the other week. Yes . . . even hear in the deepest, darkest Sonoran desert we have Model 3s. If you haven’t seen one in your tony California burg yet, you’re simply not paying attention . . . or spending too much time looking upward for chem trails.

            The less common high level trim ones are the first ones to show up in out-of-the-way locales, like mine, and the more plentiful less expensive examples will follow. It’s a trickle at first and then the floodgates open with production ramping up through 2018, just as predicted.

            We saw this when Bolts were first announced . . . California and other coastal ZEV states got them first, followed by deliveries to the flyover states. This is the way it always works. But we had all sorts of alarmist “There are no Bolts” people frantically rampaging across the internet in early 2017, like chickens who just had their heads cut off. Where are they now?

            Least you think I’m some sort of shameless Tesla fanboi or connected in any way to the company, monetarily or otherwise. I’m not. My financial status is more paycheck-to-paycheck, as is my EV . . . a humble used i-MiEV that is treating me very well. While all EVs are still a single percentage point of the overall vehicle population, it’s growing fast and, despite your gloom and doom predictions, Tesla isn’t going to disappear any time soon.

            If you’re looking for conspiracy theorists to hang out with, try the flat Earth folks. I’m sure you’ll make lots of friends there.

          • Denys Allard

            Getting a product (with a lot of parts) to market is not an easy task, especially when one of your suppliers drops the ball…big time. Tesla will resolve this issue.