WBEZ | renewables http://www.wbez.org/tags/renewables Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Electric vehicle company to open local plant http://www.wbez.org/news/electric-vehicle-company-open-local-plant-104076 <p><p>An electric vehicle manufacturer says it will open its third American factory in Chicago.</p><p><a href="http://www.smithelectric.com/about-smith/overview/">Smith Electric Vehicles</a> 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&#39;s headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., and a manufacturing facility in New York City.<br />Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he expects the company will bring at least 100 jobs to the city.</p><p>&quot;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&rsquo;re complimentary,&quot; Emanuel said.<br /><br />The announcement comes on the heels of the city&rsquo;s new<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/city-hall-wants-diesel-drivers-swap-electric-vehicles-104047"> $15 million dollar incentive program</a> that the mayor hopes will encourage companies to convert from diesel fleets to electric ones.<br /><br />Some Chicago companies, such as <a href="http://www.testaproduce.com/">Testa Produce</a> on the city&rsquo;s South Side, already use Smith vehicles.<br /><br />The location of the new plant hasn&rsquo;t been decided yet.</p></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/electric-vehicle-company-open-local-plant-104076