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Cenntro Automotive launches electric vehicle production in Sparks

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Centro_AutomotiveCenntro Automotive Corporation has established its headquarters and manufacturing facility in its ~80,000sf facility located in Sparks, Nevada. Cenntro will manufacture both the Citelec and Kombi EV, all electric commercial utility vehicles at this location and hire up to 300 employees at full production.

“We received very strong support from the State of Nevada, beginning with the leadership of the Executive Office and through our work with the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN).,” said Marianne McInerney, Executive Vice President, Cenntro Automotive, “We are pleased with the ability to quickly set up our manufacturing facility and find local talent that underscores a commitment to quality.”

Cenntro Automotive Corporation designs and manufactures electric commercial vehicles. Based in the United States with operations in France and China, Cenntro Automotive aims to become a global industry leader in production of highly efficient electric commercial vehicles that reach 200+ MPGe. Cenntro Automotive’s product line-up includes the versatile Citelec and the KOMBI EV, both zero-emission lightweight electric commercial vehicles that offer smart choices for maintenance, delivery and light cargo transport, and can be used in a variety of environments including parks, farms, resorts, campuses, industrial facilities, airports and more. Continued McInerney, “The Citelec 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.”

“We have found the Reno-Sparks market offers a diverse workforce that is rich in talent,” noted Kevin Neal, U.S. Vice President of Operations and Human Relations, “and we have identified a wealth of suppliers within the state that understand our commitment to delivering a cost effective, quality product to market.”

“What an extraordinary announcement by Cenntro Automotive Corporation to build electric commercial vehicles here in Reno-Sparks,” said Mike Kazmierski, CEO of EDAWN. “Our region is gaining international recognition as a place for leading edge, environmentally friendly vehicle production with the addition of Cenntro Automotive,” he said.

Governor Brian Sandoval, Cenntro Automotive executives and The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) made the announcement today at a press conference at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Also in attendance were representatives from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, City of Sparks Mayor Geno Martini, numerous business partners including Avison and Young, CB Richard Ellis, IndCor Properties, University of Nevada Reno, Truckee Meadows Community College, Nevada Job Connect, and Nevada Industry Excellence. Several of Cenntro’s zero-emission commercial vehicles were on display.

SOURCE: EDAWN.

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