Electric vehicle company to open local plant

Smith Electric Vehicles chooses Chicago as the location of its third American factory

November 28, 2012

An electric vehicle manufacturer says it will open its third American factory in Chicago.

Smith Electric Vehicles makes and sells zero-emission commercial electric vehicles for industries like retail, grocery and delivery. The company already has two plants in the US: the company's headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., and a manufacturing facility in New York City.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he expects the company will bring at least 100 jobs to the city.

"It does go to prove, for all those who have been skeptics that being pro-environmental is being pro-jobs and the two are not in conflict, they’re complimentary," Emanuel said.

The announcement comes on the heels of the city’s new $15 million dollar incentive program that the mayor hopes will encourage companies to convert from diesel fleets to electric ones.

Some Chicago companies, such as Testa Produce on the city’s South Side, already use Smith vehicles.

The location of the new plant hasn’t been decided yet.