Karma Automotive's 2020 Revero GT

Karma Automotive's 2020 Revero GT

Irvine automaker Karma Automotive Inc. said Wednesday it expanded into Silicon Valley with a San Jose office.

The company, which counts 800 workers in Orange County, said the new office will focus on growing partnerships with local technology firms in a bid to speed product development.

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"Karma serves as a technology incubator," Chief Executive Lance Zhou in a statement, calling the company a “technology incubator” that’s “opening our product platform to serve as a test bed” for innovation.

For more on OC automakers, see the OCBJ 2019 Automotive Review in this week’s print edition of the Business Journal.