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By Jim Motavalli · 24, 2013

The China-sourced GreenTech will get its electric drivetrain in Mississippi. (GreenTech photo)

One of the interesting recent electric car concerns the under-the-radar GreenTech which is building China-sourced cars in, of all places, Mississippi. If it improbable, that’s because it is. a go of it in a relatively weak EV market an unknown car that can’t the interstate is a tough proposition any way you at it

GreenTech, which announced a new car this week, has been headlines, but probably not the ones it The company is a factor in Virginia’s election. because one candidate, national Democratic Party Terry McAuliffe, is a founder of and remains its single largest (with 25 percent of the company, to GreenTech). Republican candidate Ken II has been hurling charges at for his handling of GreenTech.

Meanwhile, McAuliffe left the management last December, he wanted to campaign full

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got a nice package of incentives then-Mississippi Governor Haley a staunch Republican, and the opposites-attract story got some leverage for a Bill Clinton, a McAuliffe came to the factory ground-breaking year.

The company is currently the tiny two-seat neighborhood vehicle (NEV) MyCar, for export to Europe, though the is being cagey about how have come out of its temporary in Horn Lake, Mississippi. The factory is in Tunica, Mississippi, and be open for business in 2014, spokeswoman Marianne McInerney, executive vice president for and marketing.

100 Miles of Range, but Not on the Highway

And brings us to the present. On Earth GreenTech said it will with JAC Motors on an all-electric with a range of more 100 miles and a target price of (before the federal income tax The unnamed car, on JAC’s platform, could presumably the company up into the world of automobiles for the American market.

But are a few speed bumps ahead.

Tong Yue: 60 of these cars went to a Chinese buyer on the first day. photo)

The specter of the Coda sedan, based on another small car, looms Coda couldn’t get any traction a witheringly expensive battery car looked like a 1988 Corolla. And that despite the that Coda was crash and road-legal.

In an interview, GreenTech Chairman and CEO Wang said that the unnamed sedan would be initially as a NEV, as it awaits an two-year U.S. certification

Asked about Coda, said he will avoid its by building a much better He said he visited many auto plants looking for a including Coda’s Harbin HF Industry Group, and thinks found the company that the highest-quality vehicles.


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platform works very with our technology,” Wang “We expect to deliver a consumer product at a competitive He said the company expects to 7,000 cars this including the first iterations of the new Leaving the JAC car’s quality for a moment, Wang’s plan to 30,000 of the electric version in the three years is hugely They popped corks at when they sold cars .

McInerney said GreenTech has had very positive response to the as a NEV.” The U.S. market for that can’t go on the highway and are to 35 mph and below is, of course, tiny. But said it has traction in Europe low-speed vehicles fit “into the of their transportation needs.”

at Europe

Since the $25,000 would also buy a highway-capable Electric Drive bristling technology, GreenTech has some to do. The European market for cheap EVs is enough as a way of getting around pricing and center cities to all but zero-emission vehicles, but drivers have plenty of other

China has dozens of automakers EVs, and JAC isn’t one of the better-known It was launched in 1964 as Hefei Automobile Factory, and produced cars in 2012. It’s the 10th largest automaker in according to GreenTech.

And, yes, the company called Anhui Jianghuai Company) has an electric car of its own, the Yue, launched in 2011 a 15-kilowatt-hour battery pack and 81 of range.

The Electric Taxi

to China Car Times. the company 60 Tong Yues to a corporate on the first day. The newspaper “It’s not entirely clear this model will be for regular citizens to purchase, but ranks across China to be snapping at JAC’s heels to buy compact sedans for taxi use.”

The Tong Yue is a smaller subcompact to the Rejoice car, which like, well, a Coda. this is all going is unclear. experience would suggest going nowhere fast.

But an eye on GreenTech should prove for EV watchers.

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