South Korean-based CT&T, makers of quirky little electric cars like the one pictured above, has chosen the beautiful island state of Hawaii as the new locale for a $200 million assembly plant that could employ as many as 400 people once construction is complete. CT&T is pondering four possible locations on the island of O'ahu to construct a 100,000-square foot plant that could make miniature electric vehicles (EVs) at a rate of up to 10,000 cars per year.
The company plans to make several vehicles that fit into city and neighborhood electric class, including the e-Zone which offers a 100-mile range and will cost between $12,000 and $20,000 depending on options, and the c-Zone with a top speed of 25 miles per hour and a price closer to $10,000. For more on these vehicles, see this post.
Hawaii has become a recognized leader in the drive towards an electric future. Just days ago, Nissan announced that the state was chosen as one of the first to get the Leaf. Why is Hawaii leading the way? Well it could have something to do with the fact that Hawaii is the most oil-dependent state in the nation, importing upwards of $7 billion in petroleum annually. That's a title we imagine the state probably wants to drop soon.
[Source: Honolulu Advertiser]