Cenntro Automotive Corp. announced last week the launch of the Citelec, an all electric light commercial utility vehicle, at its Sparks, Nevada facility.
The company added the Citelec to its product portfolio with 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.
"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. Both the Citelec and Kombi EV are produced at this plant.
"The Citelec launch will fulfill an important void in the U.S. market – an affordable, versatile vehicle that can meet varying needs of multiple customer bases at an affordable price point," said 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, which has a range of up to 200 miles on a single charge, a payload of 1,400 pounds and a top speed of 50 mph, is expected to retail in the U.S. for under $20,000 for a base unit initially, and is already in demo programs for U.S. fleets.