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Thursday 24 August 2017
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Your Next Pizza Delivery Could Come in an EV – Car Pro News

GreenTech Automotive Inc., a startup maker of battery-powered vehicles led by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, said Domino’s Pizza Inc. is the first U.S. customer for its low-speed cars.
GreenTech initially expects at least 20 Domino’s franchise owners to place orders for its MyCar, McAuliffe said in an interview ahead of today’s opening of its factory in Horn Lake, Miss.
The orders would follow an agreement with Greenabout A/S, a Danish distributor of electric cars, for “thousands” of the two-passenger vehicles, McAuliffe said.
“We’ve got to get 10,000 built over the next year,” he said, declining to detail how much closely held GreenTech raised to fund the plant and a second factory that opens next year in Tunica, Miss. “If we can get up to 10,000 the first year, that’s a big deal.”
McAuliffe’s move into the nascent market for rechargeable cars follows his role as chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid.
He was also a fundraiser for former President Bill Clinton, who attended the factory opening in Horn Lake.
“Too many people have given up on American manufacturing, saying manufacturing jobs are not coming back. But GTA set out to prove them wrong,” said McAuliffe. “For too long, America has been inventing products here and sending the production jobs overseas.”
GreenTech Automotive purchased Hong Kong-based EuAuto in 2010 and relocated the company’s operations and manufacturing to the United States.
Unlike startups Tesla Motors Inc. and Fisker Automotive Inc., which received low-interest federal loans for their operations, GreenTech says it’s only using private funds.
The McLean, Virginia-based carmaker has no debt and didn’t apply for or receive federal funds, McAuliffe said. The company received incentives from the state of Mississippi that were worth at least $10 million, he said.
MyCar, about the size of Daimler AG’s Smart Fortwo minivehicle, sells for $15,000 to $20,000, and goes as far as 115 miles (185 kilometers) per charge.
The car is a ‘neighborhood electric vehicle’ for urban commuters, which means it can’t be used on highways.
It has a top speed set for 25 miles per hour in the United States and for 45 mph in Europe.




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