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Korean Carmaker CT&T Announces It Will Make Tiny EVs in South Carolina

Posted By Brit Liggett On July 8, 2010 @ 10:12 am In automotive,Green Technology,Green Transportation,Innovation | 2 Comments

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The Korean automaker CT&T [2] is banking on Americans putting their money in more environmentally friendly transportation [3] in the coming years. They’ve just announced plans to build a $21 million dollar electric vehicle manufacturing plant in Duncan, South Carolina. The plant will be the first American CT&T manufacturing plant and reflects their belief that their tiny slow-speed e-Zone [4] electric vehicles [5] are going to make a big splash. The first American-made, Korean-designed cars to come out of the factory will start at $13,000 are are being marketed to a very urban demographic.

South Carolina is eager to have CT&T join their state. Governor Mark Sanford is hot on the idea of bringing the very green vehicles [5] to his community, and he called CT&T’s plans part of “the unleashing of the green technology [6] revolution.” He also noted his excitement about the employment opportunities at the factory, adding, “this notion of about 400 jobs in the Upstate is a big deal.” Looks like South Carolina is happy to have CT&T call their state home. The factory will have the capacity to triple their initial production numbers and work force but will start with just under 400 workers and a total of 10,000 vehicles per year coming off the line.

Some people criticize CT&T’s e-Zone [7] vehicle as a glorified golf cart. Well, they may be right as the company’s other offering — the c-Zone [8] — is, well, exactly that. Though the e-Zone may not have much punch in its engine, CT&T is marketing it to a demographic that doesn’t need much more. Judging by their publicity photos, (like the one above) they are hoping that urban parking enforcement officers, security forces, and city-dwelling commuters will find their little automobiles attractive. With a top speed of about 45 mph, an option for a lithium-ion battery with a range of 70 miles per charge, a real American-made stamp and a fraction of the price tag of most EVs, we think CT&T won’t have too much trouble finding sales.

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Via Autoblog Green [9]

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[2] CT&T: http://www.ctnt.co.kr/eng/

[3] transportation: http://inhabitat.com/transportation/

[4] e-Zone: http://www.ctnt.co.kr/eng/showroom/e_outward.html

[5] vehicles: http://inhabitat.com/automotive/

[6] green technology: http://inhabitat.com/green-gadgets/

[7] e-Zone: http://www.ctnt.co.kr/eng/showroom/e_performance.html

[8] c-Zone: http://www.ctnt.co.kr/eng/showroom/g_outward.html

[9] Autoblog Green: http://green.autoblog.com/2010/07/07/korean-automaker-ctandt-chooses-south-carolina-as-assembly-site-fo/

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