Cenntro Automotive Corporation, a Nevada-based manufacturer of all-electric vehicles, today announced the launch of production of the Citelec, all electric light commercial utility vehicle, in its Sparks, Nevada facility.
Cenntro Automotive added the Citelec to its product portfolio in the acquisition of Brant Motors (Lyon, France). The acquisition, valued at $50 million, included the all-electric utility vehicle, the Citelec, which has been sold in Europe since 2013. The Citelec offers a unique solution to customers offering a range of up to 200 miles on a single charge, a payload of 1,400 pounds and a top speed of 50 mph.
Cenntro's US Manufacturing site is in Sparks, Nevada where both the Citelec and Kombi EV are produced. "Our 80,000 square foot facility opened in the third quarter and we have been pleased with our ability to quickly set up our manufacturing facility, find local talent that underscores commitment to quality and bring the Citelec to the United States," said Marianne McInerney, Executive Vice President.
"The Citelec launch in the US will fulfill an important void in the US market – an affordable, versatile vehicle that can meet varying needs of multiple customer bases at an affordable price point," continued McInerney. "The Citelec platform can support local delivery needs with its spacious van box, and is available in nine configurations ranging from the van box, to a refrigerated unit to three flatbed configurations." The Citelec is expected to retail in the US for under $20,000 USD for a base unit initially, and Cenntro has already moved forward with demo programs for US fleets.
"Under the direction of our US VP of Operations and Human Relations, Kevin Neal, we are confident that we can ramp our production as we move through 2015 and introduce multiple lines," continued McInerney. "Kevin's experience running diverse operations from the World's Largest Wholly Owned Apparel VF Corporation to giant Smithfield/Farmland foods and his most recent experience with Smith Electric Vehicles position our Nevada facility to deliver the high quality that US customers demand."
"I'm excited and inspired by Cenntro's Board and Executive Team commitment to bring the Citelec and Kombi innovations and entrepreneur driven solutions to the US Market," noted Kevin Neal. "I'm looking forward to building upon the success and accelerated momentum of Cenntro's real world empowerment of its clients and the clean environmental impact that will be achieved in the US Marketplace."