US EV Manufacturing Boosted By State Grant

The California Energy Commission has awarded Electric Vehicles International a $3.9 million grant, which the company says it will use to expand and upgrade its manufacturing plant in the United States. Makers of workload electric vehicles, two years ago EVI moved its main facility from Toluca, outside Mexico City, to Stockton, California, located east of Oakland.

EVI makes three primary vehicles, a light duty model [PDF] that has a top speed of 35 miles per hour and a range of 50 miles, a walk-in van [PDF] that has a top speed of 60 miles per hour and range of 90 miles (seen below), and medium-duty truck [PDF] that has a similar drivetrain.

image via EVI

In order to secure enough batteries for all of its vehicles, the company recently signed an agreement with Austin, Texas company Valence Technologies, a firm which we noted at this year’s Geneva Auto Show.

EVI says that the grant funds will also go to creating fifty new jobs in the area, and further help meet California’s economic and environmental goals. But as we recently reported, the state will have to take some bold steps to meet guidelines in the face of population growth.

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