A Mississippi-based automaker unveiled a two-seat city electric vehicle and got visits from former President Bill Clinton (D) and state Gov. Haley Barbour (R) to mark the occasion.

GreenTech Automotive's plug-in highlight was the low-speed MyCar, an EV that the company says will have a single-charge range of 115 miles and a price of about $15,500. The Horn Lake, MS company said producing the car will create 426 new jobs. GreenTech, which acquired Hong Kong-based EuAuto two years ago, is building a 300,000-square-foot factory, in addition to operating a 376,000-square-foot plant in Mississippi.

Somewhat secretly, GreenTech started building the car last November. The company estimates that it'll make about 110 units during is first year of production. MyCar has a top speed of 45 miles per hour, though that will be limited to 25 miles per hour because of U.S. regulations. The first batch of vehicles will be used by Dominoes to deliver pizzas and some will be sold to a Danish company, the Associated Press reports.

GreenTech has long considered Mississippi home, at least since 2009, when the company rose out of the legal dispute over Hybrid Kinetic Automotive Corp. GreenTech Automotive is chaired by former Democratic National Committee chief Terry McAuliffe, which is useful in getting high-profile politicians to appear at an opening. McAuliffe told the New York Times that, "No one else's offer was even close to Governor Barbour's. We can disagree on political issues, but this is two people from different parties coming together. He's been very aggressive in bringing in the carmakers, so now he's saying, 'Let's try an electric.' It's a win-win for everybody."
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GreenTech Automotive Unveils Revolutionary All-Electric MyCar, Marks Creation of 426 Manufacturing Jobs in Mississippi

Former President Bill Clinton and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour participate in event revealing affordable, environmentally friendly MyCar

(HORN LAKE, MISS.) – July 6, 2012 – GreenTech Automotive (GTA), a U.S.-based manufacturer of environmentally friendly, energy-efficient vehicles, today unveiled its revolutionary MyCar, a two-seat all-electric vehicle that produces zero emissions and provides a range of up to 115 miles. Former President Bill Clinton and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour attended the unveiling, which also celebrated GTA's relocation to the United States, where the company expects to create 426 new manufacturing jobs and support 7,400 more.

"Too many people have given up on American manufacturing, saying manufacturing jobs are not coming back. But GTA set out to prove them wrong," said Terry McAuliffe, chairman of GreenTech. "For too long, America has been inventing products here and sending the production jobs overseas. But we're part of a rebirth for American manufacturing. We're proud to bring manufacturing jobs back and prove that the U.S. is still the world leader in technological innovation and manufacturing."

GreenTech Automotive purchased Hong Kong-based EuAuto in 2010 and relocated the company's operations and manufacturing to the United States. The move was part of the company's strategy to create jobs in the United States and have a positive impact on a local economy in need of revitalization. The company leased a shuttered factory in Horn Lake, where skilled workers are now producing vehicles during the construction of its permanent 300,000-square-foot facility in Tunica, Miss.

GTA projects it will create 426 direct jobs by 2014, and an independent analysis by Evans, Carroll & Associates Inc. found that GTA's operations would create more than 7,400 direct, indirect and induced jobs by 2014. As of July 2012, GTA had more than 840 employees enterprise-wide, and the company is on track to employ more than 900 people by the end of 2012.

"Thanks are due to Governor Barbour for being so receptive to our strategy to create manufacturing jobs in the United States," said McAuliffe. "This unlikely partnership illustrates the kind of jobs-before-politics attitude that will get America back on track by restoring manufacturing to its rightful place at the core of our economy. We're looking forward to continuing that relationship with Governor Bryant's new administration." McAuliffe previously served as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee; Barbour served as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Affordability is a key element of GTA's strategy for product development. With an expected base price of $15,500, MyCar will be considerably less expensive than other all-electric vehicles. Future models, including the MyCar EV planned for early 2014, will also be competitively priced. GTA's commitment to affordable alternative energy solutions earned the praise of former President Bill Clinton, who attended the Mississippi unveiling.

"MyCar is just the beginning of GTA's efforts to produce a wide range of environmentally friendly, energy-efficient, affordable vehicles," said Charles Wang, CEO of GreenTech. "Many electric carmakers have tried to force electric vehicle technology into the existing transportation paradigm, which invariably results in vehicles that are environmentally friendly but prohibitively expensive. GreenTech has broken the mold by adopting the revolutionary strategy of creating an affordable electric car that will reshape how Americans think about meeting our daily transportation needs."

MyCar is an ideal solution for corporations, government entities, rental car fleets, and corporate and college campuses in addition to individual transportation use such as commuting and daily errands. MyCar is expected to evolve into other vehicle models, including a micro pick-up and delivery vehicle, beginning in 2013. GTA also plans to manufacture a larger MyCar EV beginning in 2014.

About MyCar
MyCar is a two-seat all-electric vehicle manufactured by GreenTech Automotive in Horn Lake, Miss. MyCar produces zero emissions and provides a range of up to 115 miles. It is can be recharged via a common 110 wall outlet, a 220 wall outlet or a fast charging system with re-charge times ranging between three to twelve hours depending on the charging system used. In the European Union, MyCar has a top speed of up to 45 miles per hour. In the U.S., MyCar has a top-speed of 25 miles per hour due to regulatory restrictions, classifying it as a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV). MyCar meets and exceeds all safety standards for its vehicle class.

About GreenTech Automotive:
GreenTech Automotive (GTA) is a U.S.-based automotive manufacturer dedicated to developing and producing environmentally friendly, energy-efficient vehicles. GTA's core values encompass green technology, affordability, and U.S. job creation. GTA's first vehicle is MyCar, a two-seat electric vehicle with a range of up to 115 miles. GTA operates a 376,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Horn Lake, Miss., and is developing a 300,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Tunica, Miss. For more information, visit www.greentechforamerica.com or connect on Twitter @mycarwmgta.




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      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      NEWS FLASH Haley Barbour was seen driving one today in downtown Horn Lake, MS, sporting a large confederate flag and swastikas on the body panels.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another NEV.
      Roy_H
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish all entrepreneurs success, but almost everyone that has started a NEV company has failed. Personally I think they are dangerous and should not be allowed on public roads period. If they concentrate on retirement communities, campuses, etc. I think they have a better chance of success than trying to sell to people who will be driving on public roads. For this application lower range would be acceptable, allowing a lower price.
        Casey Jensen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        It really doesn't matter that it's not illegal, imo. There's no demand. Companies are dreaming up demand that just doesn't exist. Then they fail. Who wants to buy an incredibly expensive golf cart that does a max of 25mph?
        Nick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        Roy_H Why does it matter to you, if someone is taking the risk of riding a motorcycle or a NEV? Why don't you worry about yourself instead of meddling into other people's decisions? If someone is willingly taking the risk of driving a low crash safety car, and as long as it doesn't endanger anyone else......then he should be free to do so!
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Nick
          Dear Lord I am going to agree with nick over Marco! Sorry Marco.... Both arguments make sense, however, one must wear a helmet to avoid costs to society while using a motorcycle. One use not drive an unsafe NEV for same reason. One must eat broccoli to be healthy or they will be a burden to society. One must not be fat for cost to society. The government should not pay for knee and hip replacements on the obese due to self inflicted issues. I can dictate people's lives, cars, food they eat, exercise routine, due to potential costs to society. If my tax dollars pay for healthcare, then as the government, I can dictate....anything. The costs to society outweighs freedom and liberty. Sorry Marco....
          Marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Nick
          @Nick, Nick, in theory you are quite right, individual freedom and all that. However, operating a motor vehicle involves you using public assets an interaction with fellow road users and other public amenities, so when you chose to utilize a public asset you must obey the rules set by the majority. Road accident victims, impose a huge financial burden on the community, from increased insurance premiums to emergency response services, repair, medical, rehabilitation, often lifelong care, loss of economic activity to families, welfare, increased taxation, ect ect, This is all a cost to the wider community. Road safety, is every road users responsibility.
        Actionable Mango
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Roy_H
        Bicycles and motorcycles are allowed on public roads. Why not an NEV? I should be allowed to drive a dangerous vehicle, but only if it has two wheels; if the dangerous vehicle has four wheels than it should be illegal?
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks to me pretty much like a Twizy with doors, which is what everyone has been wanting. It is not their fault if daft US regs limit them to 25 mph there, and I prefer the side by side seating and the fact that the battery is included in the price, not leased, so to me it looks pretty good.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Indeed! Renault has missed a trick there..
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        well it could be allowed to go faster if only it passes tests so unless that's super expensive it's their own failing. it is rather odd to start a large factory to build nevs. and they have way too many employees to only make 110 per year
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Renault used up nearly as many bodies testing the crash wort6hiness of the Zoe just for Europe as this small company plan to produce in the first year. Even supposing they have designed this to US auto standards, which they likely have not, then testing is likely impossibly expensive.
          Actionable Mango
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Low volume production cars can and do get exemptions from destructive testing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, if you're on the freeway going 25 mph and Justin Bieber is behind you, is the impact rating "pop"?
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Kids! A good article on a republican looking at market methods and education to FIGHT climate change, promote alternatives, etc. He takes more of the Spec/2wheel view on tax breaks/subsidies/healthcare costs, opposed to the 'soak the rich put us all back n the stone age' view of some others. Interesting article. And, I find most of this good stuff at www.realclearenergy.org - they post everything from both sides and the middle, without their own opinion. They report, you decide... :D
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        You think RealClearEnergy, a spin-off of the right wing conservative RealClearPolitics is neutral? You are funny!! Here is what the founder says about their slant: "we have a frustration all conservatives have", which is "the bias in media against conservatives, religious conservatives, [and] Christian conservatives." oh well.
          Marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          @ Edge The US has a very peculiar type of blue collar right wing, absent in most other democracies. The US also has the fundamentalist religious right, also far less prominent in most western democracies. But the leftist/liberals in the US display that irritating, condescending, smugness of moral superiority, while diligently spending other peoples money, are commonly found everywhere ! The old true left has disappeared along with the idea's of dialectical materialism, and other failed socialist economic doctrines. The current crop of Chardonnay socialists are a just incompetent hangers on, to other newer political and social movements. Like all parasites, they subvert the movements original purpose to disguise the fact that the movement has a cancer in it's midst. This has happened with the environmental movement. The concept of exciting new technologies, better science and protection of the planets environment, was well received by the vast majority of all western nations, including the majority of the corporate world. Conservation became a popular moral responsibility of the general community. This is, until the disenfranchised left, expelled from relevance, after the collapse of the socialist world, started looked for a new area of divisive influence. The result became the current bitter battle between two highly politicized camps. The tragedy is that as a result, Joe Public has declared "a pox on both houses" and has stopped listening. Left-green politics is in global decline, the tragedy is that most of the valuable policies that these parasites highjacked, will lose support by association. RealClearEnergy.com provides a forum for high quality articles,news, essays, speeches and opinions from all sides of the political spectrum. It's coverage is so vast, it would be impossible for RealClearEnergy to have any sort of bias. Only one-eyed political dialogues like PR, could so distort RealClearEnergy's format to determine a bias, which at one glance the reader can see, doesn't exist !
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          Meanwhile, the headline over at MSNBC: Sen. Durbin: Romney running from Bain 'like a scalded cat' Meet The Press: Democrats press their attack on Mitt Romney’s record as head of investment firm Bain Capital in the 1990s. Ahhh yes....point well made....
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          Maybe at us the difference between right and left wingers. Where on Fox News, they have liberal commentators and left wing guests, MSNBC has none. Their round table, which interviewed Herman Cain, was Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton, and Chris Mathews. At least CBS has George will with three libs. The real clear sites always print everything, and have little to none of their own opinion. Here is a copy and paste of the articles: Drought Declared Largest Disaster in US History - Dorsi Diaz, Examiner Left-Right Climate Group Weighs Carbon Tax - Ben Geman, The Hill Reagan Secretary of State Calls for Carbon Levy - Staff, Mongobay In Europe, King Coal Regains Its Crown - Richard Martin, Forbes The Wind Industry Is Having a Midlife Crisis - Perry Sioshansi, AOL Energy The Natural Gas Boom: Is It Doing More Harm Than Good? - NPR EIA: Residential Consumption Holds Steady - Al Heavens, Philly Inquirer Efficiency Mandates Have a "Rebound" Effect - Staff, IER Does Apple Hate the Environment? - Steve Wildstrom, TechPinions Are Smart Meters Hazardous To Your Health? - Nino Marchetti, EC The Higgs Boson: Why We Care - John Tullett, DefenceWeb Listen to the Music of the Higgs Boson - Megan Garber, The Atlantic Now, I know open mindedness on the left means, 'as long as you agree with us', but the rest of us like to read both sides of an argument, because we actually believe in that 'diverse opinion' stuff we hear about. No smashing of windows, no planning on blowing up bridges, no hostage taking. Wow, The Atlantic and NPR? Hmmmmm, right wingers there! Wait, let me get more, unfiltered: Why European Shale Is Totally 'Fracked' - Matthew Hulbert, Forbes Did Duke Energy Pick the Right CEO? - Matthew Philips, BusinessWeek The West Texas Oil Boom and Its Discontents - Kate Galbraith, NY Times The Changing Face of US Oil Production - James Hamilton, OilPrice.com Fossil Fuel Dems: An Endangered Species - Joel Kotkin, The Daily Beast The Resurrection of Cap and Trade? - Maria Gallucci, InsideClimate What Will Pena Nieto Do for Mexican Energy? - Shannon O’Neil, CFR OPEC's Motto: Shhh, Don't Say the 'S' Word - Margaret McQuaile, Platts Nuclear Waste Issue Searing American Landscape - Ken Silverstein, Forbes Climate Change vs. Nuclear Energy - Meredith Angwin, Energy Collective GOP's Laughably-False Clean Energy Claims - S. Lacey, Climate Progress Obama's Interior Department Is Still Going Rogue - Michelle Malkin, NRO Biofuels: Still Searching for a Benefit - William Tucker, Nuclear Townhall Preparing for the Next Power Outage - Newt Gingrich, Washington Post GE's Novel Battery to Bolster the Grid - Kevin Bullis, Technology Review Can Apple Revolutionize the Energy Industry? - Chenda Ngak, CBS News Energy Collective....Washington Post....climate Progress, alongside Michele Malkin....hmmmmmm Wi would print more, but, running out of characters....
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          EZEE wheezed: "Where on Fox News, they have liberal commentators and left wing guests, MSNBC has none." I think it is funny that you think Michael Steele, the former head of the Republican National Party, and MSNBC commentator/employee isn't a Republican. Oh well. Many, many more examples that prove your statement to be outright false. But you will absolutely, positively, NEVER admit what you said was an outright lie, that exposes YOU as the one with purely right-wing political bias. So no point in trying to talk facts with you about this topic. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/its-official-msnbc-hires-michael-steele-for-political-analyst-gig/
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      110 units per year doesn't sound like many for a company with a board of directors and visit from Bill Clinton. the 40km/h top speed is probably a big mistake. that plays into the stereotype that it's just a toy car. btw, googling around suggests that it's being made in Denmark. and Clinton actually visited it in Denmark at the launch. further googling suggests that the car is actually chinese made. even further googling suggests that Clinton visited the car launch in Mississippi as well on july 6th and he visited the car launch in Denmark in may. here's his speech in Mississippi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=achYnD_kcFU but the company behind the car seems to be taiwanese and the car is developed in taiwan. and their websites don't work.. in Denmark it's an 85km/h car with 3 battery options. in USA it's a NEV. a bit messy
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        I was about to agree, but my only qualifier is that since EV's are in their infancy, even something like this is notable, and not unreasonable for a former president to address. In the future, especially if Toyota or IBM perfects their long range batteries, then events like this will garner little interest. Currently, however, each time comes out, it could be the one that is the Apple I, or the first machines produced in someone's garage that end up changing the world later on. Any single startup probably has little chance of success, but it not takes one...
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          I don't object to Clinton being there at all, it's a little peculiar but no objection. my primary concern for the US launch is the unusably low top speed. don't you have a quadricycle category in USA? although it is pretty heavy. 612kg for the lightest and over 700 for the max range
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          :D Both of replies we're the epitome of reasonable, and both downvoted! :)
      diffrunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      city limits , side streets
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hi Kids! GE has a new battery that will help out solar and wind plants, plus also be cool for stuff in off peak usage. No, not an auto story, but cool nonetheless. http://www.technologyreview.com/news/428452/ges-novel-battery-to-bolster-the-grid/
      HVH20
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dan, I think this is you dream car. Option for 7kWh-23kWh lithium batteries, small, lightweight, aerodynamicish, and cost effective. I suggest you look into the motor/inverter too, might make you grin a little.
      Kenny
      • 2 Years Ago
      if only it wasn't electric!
      Ziv
      • 3 Years Ago
      These NEV's are ok, but I wish that more states would enact the MSV statutes that increase the speed to 35 mph, that is a reasonable town car if you can get up to 35. There is a company in CA that will ship you a kit to make your GEM capable of doing 35 mph so maybe NEV's are a decent first step. There is a GEM in my home town and I have seen it zipping around at 35 mph at least and it looks like it is fun to drive. The states that allow MSV's are Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.
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