San Diego-based Engine Developer Opens Facility in Farmington Hills


San Diego-based Achates Power, a manufacturer of internal combustion engines, has opened its Midwest operations in Farmington Hills to be near two of its clients, an unnamed OEM and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center in Warren.

"Our new Detroit office gives us access to top industry leaders and decision makers, and the breadth of engineering talent needed for expansion," says David Johnson, CEO of Achates Power.

The new 4,000-square-foot customer application engineering facility will be used to develop an advanced combat engine for the U.S. Army as a part of their strategy to modernize tactical and combat vehicles.

Johnson says its power engine is 30 percent more efficient than leading diesel engines and is 86 percent more efficient than conventional gasoline engines. The facility will also be used to develop the technology for the fuel-efficient engine that is sold to clients in the U.S., Japan, Europe, China, and India.

The company plans to hire12 engineers and program managers immediately, and expects to hire a total of 20 employees by the end of the year.