NextEV recently celebrated the ribbon cutting and grand opening of its new headquarters, located in the heart of the Silicon Valley. The 85,000-square-foot facility in San Jose, CA will house approximately 400 employees and serve as the center of NextEV’s global software development and North American headquarters.
NextEV has 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. To date, 19 permits have been issued in the state of California.
“I am extremely excited to announce the official opening of our U.S. headquarters,” said US CEO of NextEV, Padmasree Warrior. “The new space will enable us to continue to build the team and bring in amazing talent to create a next-generation, autonomous electric vehicle that will change the entire experience of owning and operating a car. Our new autonomous vehicle permit will now allow us to gather more data to perfect our intelligent, electric vehicles for the road.”
“From day one, Silicon Valley has been integral to our strategy as a global start-up and I am energized by the culture we have built,” stated Chairman of NextEV, William Li. “NextEV’s global team is comprised of the best minds from the automotive, software and user experience domains. We are innovating and leveraging leading edge technologies to deliver world-class products to global consumers.”
NextEV will 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.
“The opening of NextEV’s North American headquarters is further proof that California is the epicenter of the automotive future,” said Panorea Avdis, Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). “GO-Biz worked closely with NextEV to help them expand in California and I look forward to their continued job growth as they contribute to our goal of putting 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2025.”
NextEV recently received a $10 million tax credit through the California Competes Tax Credit program to create nearly 1,000 jobs and over $130M in economic investment to create and retain a large number of permanent, high-paying jobs and investment in California and provide further growth and expansion of California’s zero-emission vehicle industry.
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