SERES to Acquire Ev Battery Module Startup Inevit, Headed by Industry Pioneer Martin Eberhard
October 19, 2017
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SERES, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle (EV) company, today announced the acquisition of InEVit Inc., an electric vehicle (EV) battery modularization startup headed by industry trailblazer and former Tesla CEO, Martin Eberhard. The company has developed and patented a unique EV chassis architecture, battery module design innovations and manufacturing techniques that will allow the EV industry to rapidly scale manufacturing of cost-and-feature-competitive vehicles. The pre-revenue company will become a wholly owned subsidiary of SERES, and will continue to market and license its innovations to competitive vehicle OEMs.
Eberhard had previously worked with SERES as a key strategic advisor, and will now serve as Chief Innovation Officer and Vice Chairman of SERES' Board when he joins the company. In this new role, Eberhard will primarily focus on technology innovation, product development, product positioning and branding – all with the goal of helping SERES meet global EV demands. InEVit's expertise, patented technologies and manufacturing techniques will be leveraged to help SERES rapidly and profitably scale e-powertrain production for its own future products, and will look to license this technology to other automakers to help speed zero emission vehicle proliferation across the industry.
Other key members of the InEVit leadership team will join SERES in senior roles. Heiner Fees will now serve on the SERES Innovation Committee and continue as Managing Director of InEVit GmbH, while company CEO Mike Miskovsky will become SERES' Chief Development Officer while also retaining his prior title at InEVit.
"I have truly enjoyed working with SERES and playing a role in the company's strategic vision, and am excited to join the company along with the rest of the InEVit family as we work to establish the next great milestone in clean mobility," said Eberhard.
"We are extremely pleased to add Mr. Eberhard to our executive team, along with his knowledgeable and talented colleagues at InEVit. As a visionary in the EV space and one of the most respected names in the industry, Mr. Eberhard has been an invaluable advisor to SERES. We look forward to welcoming him to the company as we work to build the next generation of clean, intelligent vehicles," said Xinghai Zhang, Chairman of Sokon Group and SERES.
InEVit has been working on a chemistry- and form-factor-agnostic battery module design that has led to key breakthroughs in energy density, manufacturing, serviceability and safety for its OEM partners. With this merger, SERES aims to further increase its investment in the development of e-powertrain systems and broaden its licensing and supply relationships with global OEM customers.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley with facilities across the world, SERES is uniquely poised to deliver intelligent EVs to a broader market. We are the only pure EV provider to wholly control and operate production facilities in both the U.S. and China. Our R&D centers in the U.S., Germany, China, and Japan are focused on creating the next generation of EV technology. We plan to share these capabilities to help the entire industry thrive. More information about SERES is available at www.driveseres.com.
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