Great news for job seekers in Mississippi coming from GreenTech Automotive (GTA)… in the form of 426 manufacturing jobs for the new all-electric MyCar. The sweet two-seater is currently being manufactured in Horn Lake, Miss., but will be moved to Tunica when construction of a 300,000-square-foot facility is completed.
It gets better: analysis done by Evans, Carroll & Associates Inc. suggests that in addition to the 426 direct jobs, about 7,400 indirect jobs will be created because of GTA by 2014.
And better yet: MyCar is going to retail at a base price of $15,500.
CEO of GreenTech Charles Wang said that most electric vehicles have tried to squeeze into the existing transportation model by creating comparable, albeit expensive, cars. Wang said MyCar is addressing issues of affordability by “reshaping how Americans think about meeting our daily transportation needs.”
GTA suggests that MyCar is best suited for “corporations, government entities, rental car fleets, corporate and college campuses and individual daily errands.” Future versions of MyCar include a micro pick-up, delivery vehicle, and larger MyCar EV.
MyCar produces zero emissions and can be recharged in a 110V or 220V wall outlet, or a fast-charging system. Recharging takes between three to twelve hours. Its range is about 115 miles, with a top speed of 45 miles per hour in the European Union and 25 miles per hour in the U.S.
Former President Bill Clinton and former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour were at the July 6 unveiling of GTA’s MyCar, confirming that even opposing political groups can get behind green technology that creates green jobs for a green economy.
Chelsea is a former newspaper reporter who has spent the past few years teaching English in Poland, Finland and Japan. When she wasn't teaching or writing, Chelsea was traveling Europe and Asia, sampling spicy street food along the way.