• Jul 7th 2010 at 5:15PM
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It's not Alabama, but South Carolina is close enough. South Korean automaker CT&T Co. Ltd, makers of the quirky e-Zone low-speed electric vehicle, has chosen South Carolina as its final assembly location for the company's electric vehicles. CT&T will invest $21 million to build its first North American production line in Duncan, SC. According to CT&T chief operating officer Joseph White, the line will have the capacity to produce up to 30,000 EVs per year, but initial plans call for 10,000 EVs to be produced utilizing a single shift of 370 workers.

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was excited to bring on another automaker. Sanford called the announcement a celebration of, "the unleashing of the green technology revolution." He later added that, "This notion of about 400 jobs in the Upstate is a big deal."

CT&T specializes in low-speed, low-cost EVs. The first vehicles to run off the line are expected to start at a base price of around $13,000. Options such as replacing the lead acid batteries with lithium polymer to extend range, adding air conditioning and more will add to the price. Though many consider low-speed EVs to be nothing more than glorified golf carts, CT&T envisions a future where its vehicles will become the urban mobility solution for congested cities. Hat tip to Dean!

[Source: Associated Press via Google]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's easy to crash test something that only goes 12mph. That's not impressive at all.

      p.s. I just drove my bosses modified electric golf cart. I bet it would DUST this thing and he's only asking $4500 for it...seats 4, on board charger, modified rear-end. Probably runs 25mph and will do it all day! Seems like a much better investment to me!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kudos for SC... BMW, Honda, Michelin, Bosch, Boeing, Freightliner, American LaFrance, Lockheed Martin, Lear, and plenty of other companies have found SC to be a great place to build vehicles and parts...

      I wish CT&T well!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Vehicle manufacturers recognize the South for being a great place for factories. You have a great workforce.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Erm, $13,000 for a tiny, junky plastic car with lead acid batteries that can't go highway speeds?
      Here's betting that the lithium ones are $20,000k+...

      I wonder what makes them think that those are actually gonna sell here in the USA?
      No really, i wonder why these companies even try.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Has it, really? cuz it seems like there's a lot of NEV companies out there that just aren't doing too well.

        Crash tested NEV is nice, i suppose.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^--BTW, i'm referring to the 'cheap EV' car companies, not Nissan/Tesla/etc.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The NEV market has been growing rapidly, and CT&T has a crash-tested model - something no other NEV maker has. In my own city, I see NEVs on a daily basis: they are run by the Police, by the hospitals and universities, by delivery services, as well as by private citizens.

        NEVs are certainly niche vehicles, but they are a rapidly growing niche. They are allowed in many places where standard cars aren't - trying driving your Leaf to the golf course, and then ask if it's OK to take it out on the course.
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      • 5 Years Ago
      How funny that this gets posted today. I was just reading about the various South Korean car companies and read this ones wikipedia page just 10 minutes ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm just not seeing why the world needs more NEVs. It seems like a very niche market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well there is no reason there shouldn't be more. Just because its a niche market doesn't mean people shouldn't have options.
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