NEXTEV have taken the next step in their aim of becoming one of the world leaders in electric car development, as they have opened up their new offices in the Silicon Valley.
The Chinese manufacturer only started up in 2014, with an aim of becoming not only the leading electric car manufacturer in China but also globally.
NextEV has also been issued an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit by the California DMV. The NextEV team will begin testing on public roads under the Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program guidelines as it progresses on its path to bring autonomy to market.
Also, with RoboRace not far around the corner, there is now a possibility that the NEXTEV team could also be interested in joining the series.
As the company starts to develop a strong foothold in the electric car market, the NEXTEV Formula E team will only benefit from the increased R&D knowledge the team gain.
The Chinese team has started this season brightly by securing a one-two in qualifying. However, energy management problems during the race saw them slip down the order.
Gerry Hughes, the Chief Race Engineer AT THE NEXTEV Formula E Team believes the team can learn from their mistakes in Hong Kong, so they can convert their qualifying pace into podiums.
“Whilst qualifying was obviously very good, with Nelson on pole and Oliver starting from second, the race clearly didn’t pan out as we would have liked from a team perspective. We now have to go away and analyse our weaknesses to ensure that we can convert our qualifying pace into podiums positions,” said Hughes.
NEXTEV’s aim is to produce a zero-emission vehicle that will help achieve the recently released California Governor’s 2016 Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan.
The plan is to deploy 1.5 million ZEVs by 2025 with the goal of reducing California’s petroleum use by up to 50% by 2030. This is aligned with a recent commitment by California and 12 other North American and European governments for all new cars to be zero-emission by 2050.