VIA has acquired Prodigy Engineering, an electric vehicle design, engineering and prototyping company.

Prodigy has been under contract with VIA for an undetermined time already to prototype new vehicle models for the company’s expanding portfolio.

“This acquisition expands VIA’s talent base with a dedicated, talented engineering team to focus on VIA’s product development and vehicle testing,” said VIA Motors’ CEO John Weber. “Mike and Mark Patey will continue to contribute their highly respected engineering talent. This team brings VIA cutting edge engineering solutions for our advanced electric vehicles.”

VIA said the acquisition included an exclusive license to advanced Lithium Ion battery cooling technology. The technology promises longer battery life and improved performance across the operating spectrum.

“We are inspired by VIA’s transformation of the automotive industry and proud to be part of the team,” said Mike Patey, who co-owns Prodigy Engineering with his brother Mark. “We believe the merger of resources with VIA can deliver innovations and solutions making VIA’s electrified fleet vehicles the gold standard.”

VIA added the he Prodigy engineering talent will be retained. Founders Mark and Mike Patey will continue to contribute under a four year retainer and non-compete agreement with VIA.