Cenntro Automotive, who earlier presented the Kombi EV electric utility vehicle, has now announced that a second model - the Citelec also went into production recently in Sparks, Nevada.
This time it's a much more capable vehicle, with up to 200 miles of range, 1,400 lbs of payload (635 kg) and 50 mph (80km/h) top speed.
The Citelec is in fact the product of French company Brant Motors, which was acquired by Cenntro Automotive for some $50 million. Sales of Citelec began in 2013.
Price of Citelec is expected for retail customers in the U.S. to be below $20,000 for base model.
There is of course many different applications for such vehicles:
The Citelec: The All Electric Compact Utility Truck
Interesting fact is that the Citelec uses Ni/NaCl batteries still, which to our knowledge are "hot" (high temperature must be maintained to use them). If the vehicle will be used every day, and will always connected to the grid while resting, then this shouldn't be a problem for fleets.
The Citelec - spec
Marianne McInerney, Executive Vice President stated:
"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,".
"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. 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."
"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. 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."
Kevin Neal adds:
"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. 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."