Thanks, but no thanks.

That's what the ostensible electric-vehicles advocates at Plug In Cars are saying about GreenTech Automotive and its proposed MyCar neighborhood-electric vehicle.

With ex-Democratic National Committee chief Terry McAuliffe as its chairman, GreenTech is more notable for its political connections than automotive expertise, and, at an expected pricetag of more than $15,000, MyCar may not find an audience, Plug In Cars said.

Additionally, GreenTech, which is pitching itself as a job-builder for economically-starved Mississippi, is looking to get some of its funding from the federal government's EB-5 program, which lets overseas citizens invest $500,000 in domestic companies in exchange for quicker green-card processing, and that method is a dicey way to raise money, Plug In Cars says. The company's failure would embolden politicos who've been rallying against supporting electric-drive technology, the website says.

Earlier this month, GreenTech Automotive unveiled the MyCar, garnering some press by getting visits from former President Bill Clinton (D) and state Gov. Haley Barbour (R) for the occasion. GreenTech, which is building a 300,000-square-foot factory in addition to its 376,000-square-foot Mississippi plant, estimated that MyCar would sell for about $15,000, with a government-regulated top speed of 25 miles per hour and a single-charge range of about 115 miles.


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      Jay Temkar
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this car have more future in Asia than US. These cars will be very useful in crowded streets of Asian countries and low speed traffic. In any Indian city this car will fit perfectly as due to traffic you cannot drive at more than 50 Km Per Hour. (It doesnt matter which vehicle you have, I regurly See Mercs and BMWs driving at 30- 40 Km Per hour in Indian cities). I think they are launching their car in wrong country.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The issues with the business model are, if anything, more serious than the issues with the vehicle. It is true that a vehicle with a top speed of 25 mph has no place in the American automotive landscape. Even urban road systems have significant portions with speed limits of 30, 35 or 45 mph, and transit from neighborhood to shopping mall practically requires ability to travel at 55 - 70 mph. More disconcerting is that this business model appears built explicitly upon exploitation political connections. While it is true that HEV, PHEV and EV industries have been absolutely dependent upon federal purchase incentives and loans, GreenTech appears to have taken this model to its logical conclusion. Not only is the company chaired by a former head of the Democratic National Committee, but it actually seeks to trade investment for green card privileges. Whatever the economic and political issues with alternative energy in American transportation, GreenTech is the kind of tech that American Greens can live without!
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks better than a "Think", but still a bit pricey considering what it is and what it can do.
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      A well maintain genuine used geo metro of 500$ top-up with a free full tank of gasoline regular grade might prove a better car then this little souped-up innadapted golf cart.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree with Plug In Cars. Another failed company with political connections will hurt more than help. The tax-credit is the best program.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who's going to buy a car capable of 25mph? what road are you realistically going to drive that car on? and for 115 miles? The concept of making something useable that people would actually be interested in buying seems to be a foreign one to many of these EV companies.
      Yespage
      • 2 Years Ago
      Agreed. 25 mph maximum? Its a souped up golf cart. Max it to 35 or 40 mph and at least you have a car you can drive locally. 25 mph is entirely useless, especially at that price.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yespage
        The car can do faster speeds. It is the law that stops them.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Also, I'd argue that going much slower than traffic is more dangerous. As a cyclist...I make sure to get as close to the speed of cars as possible.
          Roy_H
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Yeah, but that doesn't make it safe. The NEV rating exists to allow unsafe cars on the road at limited speed. This means they will block traffic, and of course will suffer instant death with a speeding Hummer. If you want to drive in closed communities, fine, but you don't need more than 20 mile range, and should expect to pay about $5k. This company will go down big time, and I hope no taxpayer money will be lost on it.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Stupid govern,ent regulations! ;)
      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Years Ago
      this great new idea is about ten years late
      Anne
      • 2 Years Ago
      These kind of cars (limited to 45 km/h) in The Netherlands are pretty popular with elderly people and the financially challenged. They do not require a full driver's license and cost less in insurance and road tax. The fact that people drive them is enough justification. But I can't judge the situation in the US, since getting a driver's license seems to be easier and road tax is much lower.
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Anne
        @Anne The Netherlands has very different traffic conditions from larger nations in the new world. Safety and an ability to coordinate with traffic flows, are major considerations. Although these vehicles have their fans, in reality such vehicles would be just one new pest on the highways.
          Yespage
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          The problem, Anne, is that these vehicles have absolutely no purpose in the US. At $15k, you'd expect to be able to drive on the highway. These vehicles are too slow and cost too much money. Their only bright spot is the range, but it'd take several hours to drain the battery at 25 mph. The US has golf carts, which is the preferred method of closed community driving. Much less expensive and gets the job done.
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          @ Anne, "In the end it boils down to how much you're balancing these conflicting interests. For the drivers of these sort of cars it represents freedom just as any ordinary car does to it's owner." Maybe I misunderstand you. These vehicle are meant to compete with ordinary traffic. Highways are paid for by motorists. Small unsafe vehicles have no place sharing the road without complying with the considerations of fellow road users. At $15,000+ these drivers could afford to purchase vehicles suitable for the highway, and not endanger themselves and other road users !
          purrpullberra
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          @ Marco I think I and Anne may be on the same page. And I'd say that no, these cars aren't meant to drive on highways or the larger, higher speed streets that most traffic fatalities occur on. I can see folks who work and shop close to where they live, although I think here in Seattle it would be allowed to go 35mph, we changed the law. So this car could do all the shopping and visiting I do. Many people coould use it (at 35) to do commuting. I know I changed things up by going to 35 but the point is those laws could be changed quickly in communities where this vehicle might make sense. This is a progressive idea so I expect only progressive people and places will even considder it. But that explains why it works in the Low country. If these cars go 35 a much bigger market opens up, that's all that is preventing this type of vehicle from making a much bigger dent in the market, not some inherant un-Americanness(?).
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          purrpullberra I think you miss the point. The objection to such vehicles, is not the "progressive' use of your vehicle that's the issue. You must share the road with other road users. Even at suburban speeds, a 35 mph, collision between such flimsy vehicle and a normal car, or larger vehicle, would be devastating. (especially if that vehicle was exceeding the speed limits). By your argument, golf carts should be allowed into suburban traffic flows. Most suburban traffic, (except in gated communities) must cross or travel some distances on larger, busier roads. I realize that two wheeled traffic is exempted, and in the UK tri- and quadracycles are still permitted (but not for long), but do we want to encourage even more vehicles lacking safety requirements, simply to satisfy a few road users who think such impractical vehicles satisfy a particular ideology? At $18,000 for this little noddy car, you could spend 15% more and buy a Mitsubishi iMev with all the safety features and versatility of a real car.
          aatheus
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Marcopolo
          It would be illegal to take this car on many highways/freeways in the USA. It's too slow to get out of the way of traffic hazards and it would impede traffic flow. Many US states have minimum speeds as well as maximum speeds.
          Anne
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          They are not allowed on the highways. For a group of people they serve a very useful purpose and, yes, I understand these slow vehicles test your patience as a motorist. You should see the love that caravans get on TopGear :) In the end it boils down to how much you're balancing these conflicting interests. For the drivers of these sort of cars it represents freedom just as any ordinary car does to it's owner.
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Anne
        There is a market for these low speed cars, called Neighborhood Electric Vehicles or NEVs, thousands are sold each year, Unfortunately, the US market is saturated, with several manufacturers competing for the same small market. Another NEV company will almost certainly drive one or more manufacturers out of business, most likely this new one.
          aatheus
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris M
          That's true. There are other, more capable, NEVs on the market already in the US. This one is too limited to be a good fit.
      aatheus
      • 1 Year Ago
      25 mph?! The Gem electric can do 35 (40?) mph. If you can get this car up to 40 mph, I would consider it. But 25?? If it's used inside factories and other close-quarters facilities where low speed is desired, that may work, but it's very limited from the get-go.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Strange that EV's need defending here. Of course the 25mph limit would be the first thing to be disabled. And should the electronics take exception to spoofing then intermediation is called for. If they won't work with you, then you go around them. There are a number of places that can provide a suitable 500A 120V AC controller for around $2000. With extra lipo batts in the trunk (for extended range officer) Who's to know ? After all, these vehicles will not be getting emissions inspection. As for this - "suffer instant death with a speeding Hummer" - at speed any uncontrolled vehicle becomes a lethal weapon Why pick on Hummer drivers ? But since you brought it up, when uncle sam needs to institute the coming austerity measures, then upping the taxes on the larger vehicles, whose operators, having already displayed a propensity towards profligacy and are obviously more able to pay, will come into the spotlight.
      JakeY
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think they would have a bigger chance if they made and sold this in China. NEVs are selling much better than full plug-ins in China. I don't see any reason why this would succeed in the US given the efforts of GEM and ZENN (plus the much cheaper golf cart alternative).
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