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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]