17. August 2016

FEV North America, Inc. opens California office

New Silicon Valley office brings proven automotive development services to west coast customers

Auburn Hills, Mich., August 17, 2016A thriving automotive electronics industry on the West Coast, as well as overwhelming customer demands, were cited as main reasons that FEV North America, Inc. (FEV) has established an office in Sunnyvale, California. FEV has long supported customers in California in the development of vehicles and electronic systems, and has become an industry development and testing leader in the electronics and connected vehicle space.  Increasing requests for this expertise from its customers lead FEV to establish an office in one of the nation’s hubs for automotive electronics and connected vehicle technology. The office will celebrate its Grand Opening with an invitation-only customer event on Sept. 8. Patrick Hupperich, president and CEO of FEV North America, Inc. made the announcement.

“FEV has expanded its expertise well beyond the powertrain design and development competencies that were the original foundation of our company’s growth,” said Hupperich. “Our capabilities in the connected vehicle and automotive electronics market are fully integrated into our core business, allowing us to provide a very unique range of support to our west coast customers. Our global objective has always been to provide unique and valuable service offerings as close as possible to our customers.  The founding of our California office is an extension of this philosophy.  In a way, we’ve come back to the future.  FEV was founded in California in 1985 and, now, the uniqueness of this market has brought us back to our origins.  We are responding to customer demand from our existing customers in California, but we also anticipate significant new business growth in this promising market."

In addition to serving the connected vehicle community, the office will support a variety of industries that are well established in California, such as oil and gas as well as the transportation and utility industries. FEV’s presence in the area also benefits the company’s traditional customers in the west coast region.

The services provided by the California office, which will be part of FEV North America, Inc., will be flexible and continually adapt to changing customer needs, said Hupperich. 

“Our vision is to take our unique mobility, electrification, and connected vehicle capabilities to the doorsteps of our customers.”

“Our Silicon Valley office will allow us to gain access to talented resources and be in the middle of new and emerging technology introductions in Silicon Valley,” commented Stephan Tarnutzer, vice president of electronics for FEV North America, Inc.  “It also allows us to be close to our numerous west coast-based customers who we support with design and development services for advanced electronic components and systems.  The new office at the center of one of the world’s most advanced technology innovation incubators will provide our customers regular and immediate access to FEV’s technical experts in the areas of connected vehicle, autonomous driving, and electrification.”  

Long-time FEV employee John Zelasko will manage the California office. Zelasko will report to Joachim Wolschendorf, executive vice president and CSO of FEV North America, Inc.  Additional staff will come from FEV’s North American headquarters in Auburn Hills combined, as necessary, with locally-sourced staffing. 

About FEV Group
The FEV Group is an internationally recognized powertrain and vehicle engineering company that supports the global transportation industry.  FEV offers a complete range of engineering services, providing support across the globe to customers in the design, analysis, prototyping, powertrain and transmission development, as well as vehicle integration, calibration and homologation for advanced internal combustion gasoline-, diesel-, and alternative-fueled powertrains. FEV also designs, develops and prototypes advanced vehicle / powertrain electronic control systems and hybrid-electric engine concepts that address future emission and fuel economy standards.  The company has expanded its engineering capabilities to include full vehicle systems and now offers broad expertise in electronics, telematics and infotainment system engineering. The FEV Testing Solutions division is a global supplier of advanced test cell, instrumentation and test equipment.  The FEV Group employs a staff of over 4,000 highly skilled specialists at advanced technical centers on three continents.  FEV North America, Inc. employs over 450 personnel in its North American Technical Center in Auburn Hills, MI.

About FEV
FEV is a leading international, independent service provider for hardware and software in vehicle and powertrain development, as well as the energy industry. The range of competencies includes the development and testing of innovative solutions up to series production and all related consulting services. The range of services for vehicle development includes the design of body and chassis, including the fine tuning of overall vehicle attributes such as driving behavior and NVH. FEV also develops innovative lighting systems and solutions for autonomous driving and connectivity. The electrification activities of powertrains cover powerful battery systems, e-machines and inverters. Additionally, FEV develops highly efficient gasoline and diesel engines, transmissions, EDUs as well as fuel cell systems and facilitates their integration into vehicles suitable for homologation. Alternative fuels are a further area of development. The service portfolio also includes tailor-made test benches and measurement technology as well as software solutions that allow efficient transfer of the essential development steps of the above-mentioned developments, from the road to the test bench or simulation. For defossilization of the entire energy value chain, FEV offers energy management and infrastructure solutions from a single source, which intelligently link and holistically optimize power and heat generation, mobility, and industry. The FEV Group currently employs 6500 highly qualified specialists in customer-oriented development centers at more than 40 locations on five continents.