International design winners have come from South Korea (a Rally Fighter off-road vehicle), Germany (Electric Bicycles) and Portugal (Racer motorcycle).
Young and his team of developers are hoping to commercialize the lithium-ion battery pack, AC motor, generator and control electronics in the Linc Volt as a packaged system that can be installed in multiple vehicle platforms.
The challenge for all third-party developers at SEMA is to develop technologies that can work within automotive standards guidelines created by SAE International, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and governing organizations for easier adoption by other original equipment manufacturers (OEM).
The very first microfactory opened in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 7, 2013 and was unveiled during the SEMA conference.
The new site includes work bays and a company “shop” with promotional clothing accessories.
Based in Chandler, Arizona, the company has developed an open, international community of over 30,000 automotive designers who freely share their design projects online, in order to gain constructive criticism and experience.