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EV plant opens in California


Electric Vehicles International (EVI) opened its worldwide headquarters and primary U.S. manufacturing facility in Stockton, Calif., where it will design and assemble zero-emissions, all-electric, medium-duty delivery and light-duty vehicles using EVI electric motors and controllers manufactured in Stockton.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state and local officials, and representatives from EVI along with its vehicle partners, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. and CT&T Co. Ltd., attended the official opening on Nov. 4.

EVI moved to California to help serve the state’s effort to eliminate mobile-source toxic diesel particulate pollution and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions. California policies — such as the governor’s greenhouse gas law), Low Carbon Fuel Standard incentive programs, and the number of diesel trucks that need reliable, affordable, zero-emission solutions — “made California the ideal place for EVI to grow the green economy and create green tech jobs,” an EVI company  statement.

The Stockton facility, the company said, should create as many as 450 total jobs by 2010 in California’s “green” economy, as well as eliminate toxic diesel particulate pollution with each new zero-emissions vehicle deployed and remove 100% of the mobile source particulate pollution with each dirty diesel retrofit. Additionally, CO2 emissions could be reduced about 75% less CO2 per mile compared to diesel.

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