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Three years ago, Carbon Motors chose one corner of a shuttered Visteon plant in Connersville, Indiana as the location to build its diesel-powered E7 dedicated police cruiser. Carbon intended to invest $350 million to start production, providing 1,500 jobs at the same time. That investment, however, relied the US Department of Energy approving a $310-million loan to Carbon through the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, a loan that was ultimately denied.

Without that money, the arrival of the E7 and Connersville's return to manufacturing have apparently been put on hold. According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, Carbon's plant development officer wrote the mayor of the city, Leonard Urban, to tell him that he had resigned, and all traces of Carbon Motors have been removed from the plant, including Carbon Drive that leads to it. Urban said he has no idea what the company's plans are, and Carbon hasn't commented.


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        AASCHOCK
        • 1 Year Ago
        SHOWS WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT POLICE CARS. FORD HAD THE CROWN VIC PI AS A MAIN STAY FOR MANY YEARS. NOW THEY HAVE A PURPOSE BUILT PI BUILT ON A TAURUS PLATFORM. TESTED TO WITH STAND A 75MPH REAR CRASH.....SHOW ME A LIGHTLT MODIFIED STREET VERSION TO DO THE SAME THING. THIS PI SEDAN HAS VERY LITTLE IN COMMON WITH ANY STREET VERSION.
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AASCHOCK
          Why are you shouting? Also, the Crown Vic and other cars you mentioned are still based on civilian vehicles even with having some other HD components. But you're probably one of those people who buys retired police vehicles and tries to convince yourself they're something better than they are. The Carbon and any of the other police spec vehicles share nothing in common as far is which is more purpose built.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AASCHOCK
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        cbsguards
        • 1 Year Ago
        The plant modified other cars to be police vehicles When are conservatives going to be serious about creating jobs not more poor people?
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 1 Year Ago
        You have an odd definition of lightly modified.
      GasMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Have you seen inside a Crown Vic trunk? Cops carry all kinds of equipment back there. Now look at the size of the trunk on this loser. These guys were just another troll looking for some cash from the stash. The executives pay themselves nice salaries, set up their buddies as suppliers and pay them inflated prices. When the government money is all gone they ask for more until they declare bankruptcy and leave a smoking hulk as they walk away with well-padded pockets.
      pjchilds
      • 1 Year Ago
      Boondoggle averted.
        Nana & Popie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pjchilds
        Amen!!!! Too bad Solyndra didn't go away before they got the money.
      jz78817
      • 1 Year Ago
      who didn't see this coming?
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh, the future is quite certain. Has been for some time now.
      stvhndyman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Carbon Motors... Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
      g999s
      • 1 Year Ago
      Carbon Motors.............................. a joke from the word GO
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish I could say this was an unforeseeable turn for Carbon, but when their business plan is based solely upon attracting sales from the limited niche market for police cars, it really was doomed to begin with. Without sales to the vastly larger civilian markets of taxi or livery services, (stretched for) limo services, and (armored for) executive security, Carbon missed potential sales to 3 to 4 times as many customers. Also, I don't believe Carbon ever managed to get past the view among among a number of municipalities that the police car itself is disposable and only the transferable equipment within it is valuable until it becomes obsolete. If Carbon still has time and broadens its market to appeal to more potential customers, then it could pull itself out of its death spiral. Otherwise, Carbon will go the way of most car companies in history; into oblivion.
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      Called it. Vaporware.
      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      The future of Carbon Motors is quite certain, just as it always has been -- it doesn't have a future. Their business model never had a prayer of succeeding.
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        @JaredN
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      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sorry but Carbon Motors was a 3D rendered "mirage". There is no way a dedicated patrol car manufacturer would hold up when the cost to convert existing models of cars is far cheaper.
      raktmn
      • 1 Year Ago
      This project never had a chance at ATVM loan money. They were just repackaging the BMW diesel motors that BMW sold in their 335d. The whole point of the ATVM was to fund bringing new drive train technologies into production so they made the leap from the research laboratories and onto the streets. But there was no reason for Carbon Motors to even exist in order for sales of that diesel motor to be sold in the US. Because BMW did it without Carbon Motors. The only thing new that Carbon Motors was adding, was a dedicated police cruiser body. A dedicated police cruiser body doesn't even come anywhere near close enough to being classified as a new green technology for it to qualify for this loan program.
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