ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corporation (NASDAQ:SOLO), an electric vehicle manufacturer, has hired BDO USA’s Site Selection & Business Incentives Practice to lead its search for an assembly and engineering technical facility in the US.
BDO has selected seven states - Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas - as finalists and sent initial proposals to each state’s chief economic development entity.
The leading location, as well as a backup option, are expected to be announced in the third quarter, the company said.
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“We are delighted to have been selected by ElectraMeccanica to assist them in finding the ideal U.S. location that will serve as a partner for this strategic expansion,” BDO Leader for the National Site Selection Tom Stringer said in a statement. “The company offers a unique mobility solution that’s exciting and incomparable to other EV companies.”
The Vancouver-based company said it plans to maintain a capital-light model as it begins production of its flagship single-seat three-wheeled EV, the SOLO. In addition to the proposed US facility, ElectraMeccanica’s contract manufacturing partner and strategic investor, Zongshen Industrial Group, will continue manufacturing EVs in China and supplying knock-down kits for assembly in the US.
“This strategic initiative will not only allow us to limit uncertainties in the global supply chain, but also grow our talent pool of engineering resources and seize the tremendous market opportunities in the USA,” CEO Paul Rivera said.
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