More 'Designed In USA' PHEV and CVT Technology Coming

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) announced yesterday it has expanded its Dixon, Calif. Research, Development & Demonstrations Center to accommodate an expanding staff and number of projects for 2012.

EDI is a global supplier of advanced, high-efficiency PHEV and CVT solutions.

A second Dixon development facility will be used to house new projects, test equipment, and demonstration gear for EDI’s continuously variable transmission (CVT) systems and drivetrains.

The expansion will also provide the space needed for the construction of a series of vehicles being designed for global market opportunities. EDI did not explain which these might be.

By tripling the facility size and expanding the R&D team, EDI is preparing itself to support new market and customer opportunities. This follows closely on the heels of the opening of the EDI New Energy Automotive Technology Company (EDI NEAT), located in Wuxi, China, where EDI is working with government and auto manufacturers following the China Government’s mandate to manufacture New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) that will use electricity instead of gasoline and diesel.

Acording to EDI, the additional workspace and personnel in Dixon will give the company the capacity to complete development programs and pursue customer opportunities through several new programs.

The company is currently developing hybrid drivetrain systems, new drivetrain software and components, next generation continuously variable transmissions, and conducting ongoing new energy vehicle research.