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SACRAMENTO STATE STUDENT SARAH MOSELEY RUNS A VEHICLE TEST AS PART OF HER INTERNSHIP AT THE CALIFORNIA MOBILITY CENTER . THE CMC IS MODELED AFTER A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM AT AACHEN UNIVERSITY IN GERMANY TO HELP E-MOBILITY COMPANIES BRING INNOVATIVE IDEAS TO MARKET .
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The California Mobility Center is bringing a new level of innovation — and international attention — to Sacramento . Within the grounds of Army Depot Park , products that will shape the future of electric vehicles of all sizes are taking shape .

“ It ’ s going to put Sacramento on a global map . If you ’ re serious about e-mobility and you want to test something , and you want to go to market , you really want to come to the CMC ,” says Paul Lau , SMUD ’ s CEO and general manager who also serves on the CMC board . SMUD is a founding partner of the CMC and has been a driving force , along with the Greater Sacramento Economic Council , in making the CMC happen and recruiting its growing list of partners .
California is the largest adopter of electric vehicles in the country , but it also is known as holding some of the toughest emissions and regulatory standards in the world . Lau says being within a few miles of the California Air Resources Board and other regulators has been a big selling point for the CMC . “ What we ’ ve heard is , if you can get it done in California , you can probably get it done anywhere ,” he says .
Marc Dörfer , chief operating officer of CMC founding partner PEM Motion , agrees . “ You can have the best idea and fastest process , but if the regulatory side of things doesn ’ t keep up , it ’ s never going to hit the road ,” Dörfer says .
The CMC is modeled after a successful program at Aachen University in Germany that created an ecosystem for e-mobility companies to bring innovative ideas to a prototype , find funding and work with partners to put their products to real-world use . That effort was ultimately spun off from the university to create PEM Motion . Dörfer says clients had been coming from California to Germany to develop products ranging from components to full vehicles and that made bringing the model to Sacramento a natural fit , but with tweaks to better reflect the U . S . market and California ’ s regulatory environment .
“ A major lesson learned from back in Germany is , you need to do it right at the beginning ,” says Dörfer , who recently moved to the area to open PEM Motion ’ s
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