ElectraMeccanica said the manufacturing facility and engineering center in Mesa, Arizona, would be able to produce up to 20,000 of its Solo vehicle per year. The company expects the site to house up to 500 jobs once fully operational.
The selection of Mesa concludes a site review process that stretched for more than a year and whittled seven initial candidates down to the metro areas of Phoenix and Nashville, Tennessee, late last year. After months of additional reviews and negotiations, ElectraMeccanica officials said the Mesa location would provide the talent pool and high-tech ecosystem to help the company thrive.
“This decision is monumental for our business and will be transformative for our host city and state,” CEO Paul Rivera said in a statement. “When fully operational, we anticipate creating hundreds of new jobs for the local economy.”
The Solo aims to appeal to urban commuters who would not need the extended ranges of conventional, more expensive electric vehicles. The 10-foot vehicle has a range of just 100 miles and a top speed of just 80 mph, but its initial price comes in at $16,000.
Company officials said the Solo could help ease traffic congestion in the Phoenix area and indicated plans for a ride-sharing pilot project would be “forthcoming.” Officials also said utilities and commercial fleet operations have expressed interest in the vehicle.
In addition to light-vehicle assembly operations, the Mesa site will include multiple labs and testing facilities for vehicle chassis, battery packs, and electronics. The company is reportedly eligible for a $1 million state grant and more than $7 million in state tax credits based on its construction and hiring goals.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome ElectraMeccanica to Arizona as the latest electric vehicle innovator to choose our state,” Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson said in the announcement.