The auto industry is growing in South Carolina and it’s growing greener. And the vehicles will look at bit different. This week state officials took some of these on a test drive–and were able to scoot around on the concrete walkways of the Statehouse grounds.
Gov. Mark Sanford, lawmakers and cabinet leaders welcomed CT&T, a Korean-based world leader in manufacturing electric vehicles which is in a joint venture with 2AM Group of Spartanburg,under the name CT&T Southeast LLC. The company will invest $21 million and create 370 new jobs to support its production over the next five years. Company officials project the Spartanburg County facility to be fully operational by the fourth quarter of this year.
CT&T Chief Executive Officer Young Gi Lee says:
Upstate South Carolina is an ideal location for our first North American assembly facility. We are very happy to be located in an area that provides automotive infrastructure, a skilled workforce and proximity to markets that are prime targets for electric vehicle ownership.
CT&T brought a gift to state officials in the form of a special e-vehicle designed especially for the South Carolina Bureau of Protective Services to be used on the State House grounds.
CT&T will also market the e ZONE and c ZONE vehicles for commercial uses such as security, maintenance and utility applications. CT&T Southeast will locate its new assembly facility in the Hwy. 290 Commerce Park in Duncan in coordination with the existing 2AM facility allowing for total building access of over 300,000 square feet. CT&T currently has U.S. operations in Atlanta, Georgia and Long Beach, California. CT&T Company Ltd. is located in Seoul, Korea with manufacturing facilities also in China. 2AM Group is an established assembly, logistic, quality and engineering services company, with 10 facilities and satellite operations throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Munich, Germany.