Karma Automotive has opened up a new technical center in Troy, Mich., to tap into automotive engineering expertise.

The maker of the newly launched Revero luxury plug-in hybrid has 36 employees in place to work at this facility, with the goal of expanding to 150 employees within three years. The company thinks its technical center will be growing fast, and that it’s a smart location to set up shop.

“Detroit is the center of engineering expertise for the automotive industry, so it makes sense for us to have an office here,” said Scott Sabin, director, Troy Technical Center.

The center opened at 1875 Research Drive in Troy. Government officials and suppliers joined Karma executives for the ceremony, including the city’s mayor, Dane Slater, state senator Marty Knollenberg, Congressman David Trott, and state representative Martin Howrylak, along with Jim Taylor, Karma’s chief revenue officer.

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Orders for the Revero started last month. Deliveries are expected to start in the first quarter of 2017.

Karma Automotive has also been moving its headquarters from Costa Mesa to Irvine, Calif. The new office is located in the former Kawasaki Motors USA site in Irvine, while production will continue at its plant in Moreno Valley, Calif.

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