Volta Charging announced on Monday that its Board of Directors has appointed Yifan Tang, a former Tesla and Lucid Motors employee as Chief Technology Officer. Tang is an inventor or co-inventor of 99 granted US patents, in addition to numerous pending patents and international patents, and has authored numerous technical industry papers.
During his time at Tesla (2007-2012), he was responsible for the design and integration of industry-leading electric motors and helped to invent and develop dual-motor all-wheel-drive technology. “His areas of technical expertise include power electronics, electric power systems, electric vehicles, battery technology, artificial intelligence, and control systems”, Volta noted.
Tang is widely recognized as an industry leader and product pioneer in the emerging EV space. He has led the successful advancement of numerous products, including electric vehicles, electric powertrains, and autopilot farming vehicles. Most recently, he served as Chief Technology Officer and board member at SERES EV, a next-generation intelligent, autonomous EV company. He is also the co-founder of TeraWatt Technology, a company developing and manufacturing ultra-high energy density batteries. Previously, he served as President of SF Motors Japan and held various positions at Meta (formerly Facebook), Lucid Motors and Tesla Motors.
Tang has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University and a BE in Electrical Engineering from Fuzhou University.
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“Yifan’s impressive credentials, deep industry knowledge and technological acumen will further strengthen Volta’s leadership position and ability to win in the EV marketplace,” said Vince Cubbage, Interim Chief Executive Officer. “Yifan brings unique expertise and a record of innovation that will help us achieve our immediate goals of accelerating our technological capabilities and expanding our reach to stay at the forefront of the industry. I could not be more thrilled to welcome him to the newest generation of Volta leadership.”
“I have long admired Volta’s leading position in the electric mobility space, and I am honored to join the team at this pivotal moment in the Company’s growth story,” Tang said. “I have devoted much of my career to pushing the limits of electric transportation, and I have been consistently impressed by Volta’s product leadership and innovative business model. I see enormous potential for the Volta team to build on its existing technological infrastructure capabilities to become the industry standard for EV charging.”
Last week, the company said it will partner with The Kroger Co., America’s largest grocery retailer, to bring DC Fast and Level 2 Volta charging stations to Kroger customers nationwide.
According to the company, Volta has already launched at 16 Kroger locations in the Atlanta and Indianapolis areas and plans to expand to Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, Michigan, and Southern California throughout the year.
Recently, the company announced that its Board of Directors has made several leadership changes including the appointment of Vincent Cubbage as Interim Chief Executive Officer to “drive the Company’s next phase of growth and operational success,” Volta stated.