MESA, AZ – ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp, a leading designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles has broken ground on the nearly completed manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona.
The new plant represents an important step for ElectraMeccanica, fulfilling its commitment to officially establish the company as an American OEM by the end of 2022 and will serve as the company’s headquarters.
According to the Arizona Commerce Authority, the company will have the capacity to produce up to 20,000 vehicles per year at its 235,000-square-foot facility located near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
The campus will also house the company’s first engineering technical center in the United States, with 22 thousand square feet of offices and 19 thousand square feet of laboratories. In addition, the company has already activated some functions and, with this start-up, has completed several of the steps necessary to begin ramping up production to full capacity.
In the medium term, the company expects to create between 200 and 500 jobs in the areas of manufacturing, engineering and technology, among others. Currently, the company is licensed to sell its flagship SOLO and SOLO Cargo, three-wheel, single-seat, all-electric vehicles, in California and Arizona.
“We are excited to bring production of our vehicles onshore and introduce an enhanced, U.S.-made SOLO EV to the market by 2023,” said Susan Docherty, CEO of the company.
ElectraMeccanica is the fifth electric vehicle manufacturing plant to open in Arizona since 2016, while the state ranks seventh nationally in electric vehicle adoption, with four EVs registered in the state per 1,000 residents. In addition to building its own cars, the new facility will be able to host other companies within the facility as a contract manufacturing partner.