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By Mark Niesse, Associated Press Writer

HONOLULU South Korean electric car manufacturer CTT announced plans Thursday to build an assembly plant in Hawaii that will eventually produce up to 10,000 vehicles a year and employ as many as 400 people.

The plant would make small two-seaters that reach speeds up to 40 mph on Hawaii’s city and neighborhood roads.

Besides CTT, Nissan announced this week Hawaii will be one of its first markets to launch sales of its electric vehicle, the LEAF. Sales would begin early next year.

Batteries on the CTT cars will last 30 or 60 miles, depending on the model, then be recharged at electric stations planned to begin popping up by the end of this year.


The islands portray themselves to be perfect for our types of vehicles, said Joe White, chief operating officer for CTT. The speed limit here, 25 to 35, fits perfectly into our type of vehicle.

The assembly plant is expected to be built within two years, he said. The company is looking at four Oahu locations for the plant, which will cost between $35 million and $50 million for the building alone. In all, the company expects capital investments reaching $200 million.

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and CTT CEO Lee Young-gi signed an agreement Thursday committing the state to helping the company establish itself. The deal says Hawaii will ease permitting obstacles and provide electric vehicle consumer incentives.

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It’s an innovative vision, Lingle said. It combines. a desire for a melding with the natural environment, to be a part of our vision of energy independence, to reduce pollution in the world and to help by employing hundreds of people here in our state.

Promoting electric vehicles fits in with the state’s goal of producing 40% of its power from renewable sources by 2030. Hawaii is the nation’s most dependent state on foreign oil, getting about 9% of its power from renewable sources. The state also has the highest gasoline prices in the United States.

CTT’s cars will cost between $8,000 and $20,000, depending on the model and accessories.

The company showed 12 models at the Hawaii Capitol, including a hatchback, golf cart, mini pickup and police parking enforcement vehicle.

CTT announced last year it would build its first North American assembly and sales facilities in Pennsylvania.

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