Riverside County inks deal with South Korean firm on green cars

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A Riverside County RV maker is partnering with a South Korean auto company to manufacture electric vehicles. KPCC’s Steven Cuevas reports that the deal could draw hundreds of new jobs to the region.

Workers at a Moreno Valley factory that belongs to recreational vehicle maker “MVP RV” will assemble the e-cars. The factory went quiet last year when RV sales slowed to a crawl.

The partnership with South Korean car maker CT&T United will change that. The Moreno Valley factory just off Interstate 215 will need to hire up to 700 workers. CT&T United plans to build its e-Zone and c-Zone electric cars at assembly lines across the United States.

The small, cube-shaped vehicles are about the size of golf carts – one model is built on a golf cart chassis. So, you won’t see then on the freeways. These low speed vehicles are intended for city streets only. The battery powered cars should roll into dealer showrooms next year with sticker prices between $8,000 and $16,000.