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In July, SF Motors introduced its first product, the SF5 compact crossover, in Beijing.
SF Motors licensed for EV output in China
Automotive News China | 2018/10/2

Chinese-owned and California-based electric vehicle startup SF Motors Inc. secured a production license from China¡¯s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, paving the way for output to begin in China.

Jinkang New Energy Vehicle Co., known as SF Motors outside China, won approval last week to build vehicles in the Southwest China municipality of Chongqing, according to information the Ministry posted on its website on Sunday.

The ministry regulates automobiles and other industries in China.

In July, SF Motors introduced its first product, the SF5 compact crossover, in Beijing.  

Trial production of the SF5 will begin later this year at a plant owned by SF Motors¡¯ parent company, Chongqing Sokon Industry Group, in the southwest China municipality of Chongqing. The Chongqing factory can build up to 100,000 vehicles a year.
The SF5 is slated to go on sale in China in the third quarter of 2019.

SF Motors, based in Silicon Valley, also plans to open a U.S. assembly plant in northern Indiana by the end of 2020 to build EVs for the North American market. 

SF Motors, founded in 2016, acquired the former AM General commercial-vehicle assembly plant in Mishawaka, Ind., last November. It has renovated the 675,500-square-foot factory that includes body and paint shop, general assembly operations and office administration.

The Indiana plant, capable of assembling 50,000 EVs a year at full capacity, is due to start trial production of the SF5 toward the end of this year. 

SF Motors expects to launch sales of the SF5 in the United States in 2019.

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