Korean Electric Cars to be Built in California

Thursday, Sep 10, 2009  |  Updated 3:45 PM PDT
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Korean Electric Cars to be Built in California

Brian Stablyk

The little boy was crossing one of New Jersey's most dangerous roads, with a 16-year old relative.

South Korean model electric cars will soon be rolling off the assembly line at a once closed factory in Southern California. 

MPV RV in Moreno Valley  and South Korean automaker, CT&T United,  have sealed a deal  to build "green" cars.

Executives say the agreement would create about 120 new jobs.   

The companies plan to start production early next year at the site of MVP RV's former travel trailer factory along Interstate 215.

Some workers laid off when the assembly line closed August 2008, will  be rehired, said MVP RV CEO, Brad Williams

CT&T United's e-zone and c-zone electric car s  are about  the size of golf carts.  They  run on lithium polymer batteries .  You can drive 70 miles on one charge. Top speed: about  35 miles per hour with no pollution.

The "green cars"  are restricted to city streets due to their size.  "They've passed all the crash tests, come with air bags and all that, said Riverside County Foreign Trade Commissioner Tom Freeman.

The E-V's... short for electric vehicles...  will range in price from $8,000 to $16,000, according to CT&T United officials.

The South Korean carmaker said it also plan to expand into other California cities.

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