LOS ANGELES – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today announced that Boulder Electric Vehicle (EV) will open a manufacturing facility in Los Angeles during a keynote speech at the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS) 26. At the Symposium, Villaraigosa accepted the E-Visionary award on behalf of the City of Los Angeles. The City was also recognized for its EV leadership in the “EV City Casebook” released Saturday at the Global Electric Vehicle Insight Exchange (EVX).
“We are proud to welcome Boulder EV to the growing sector of electric vehicle and cleantech companies in Los Angeles,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. "Boulder EV’s manufacturing facility will bring a new edge to our growing electric vehicle industry and much needed jobs.”
Boulder Electric Vehicle, a manufacturing company that makes electric delivery trucks and work utility vehicles, has leased a 27,714 square-foot industrial facility in Chatsworth through the real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle. Boulder EV is tooling up the plant in Chatsworth’s State Enterprise Zone with the capacity of producing 1,000 all electric battery trucks per year. Over the next 12 months, the company will support 30 new jobs and plans to hire many more employees once they are fully operational.
“We have worked closely with the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Business Policy since we first considered expanding to California,” said Boulder Electric Vehicle Chief Executive Officer Carter Brown. “Los Angeles’ comprehensive pro-EV policies, access to a skilled, educated work force, close proximity to the ports, and a large population leading in adoption of electric vehicles all influenced our decision to move to Los Angeles.”
Each Boulder EV vehicle is capable of a 100 mile range fully loaded and 65 mph highway speed. These vehicles can save the end user over $10,000 per year in fuel cost, and can reduce CO2 emissions by 120,000 lbs per year when operating on the California Electric Grid. Boulder EV also received grant support through the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (AB 118).
“Jones Lang LaSalle's experience of working with the City of Los Angeles and California Energy Commission on incentives for attracting electric vehicle companies to the area provided us the knowledge to secure a very favorable relocation package for Boulder Electric Vehicle," said Ben Stapleton Vice President, head of global CleanTech Practice Group for Jones Lang LaSalle, and a member of CleanTech Los Angeles. "The City of Los Angeles, specifically the Mayor's Office, has made attracting electric vehicle companies a priority as it is one of the sectors where the city has a competitive advantage and has the opportunity to attract employees and capital investment."
Boulder EV is the latest sign that Los Angeles is a growing market for companies leading the charge in clean technology. Boulder EV will join the ranks of leading Los Angeles-based EV companies CODA Automotive and BYD, all drawn to the city because of comprehensive policies promoting EV design, infrastructure, manufacturing, and use. The City is upgrading building codes, streamlining permits for home chargers, leading a City-wide Smart Grid Demonstration Project that focuses on EV-integration and adoption, retrofitting City-owned legacy charging stations, piloting electric bus programs, and spurring innovation through CleanTech Los Angeles, the LA CleanTech Incubator (LACI), and PortTechLA.
The City also received two further recognitions of its positive role in EV market growth. During EVS26, the Villaraigosa accepted one of three 2012 “E-Visionary” awards. Los Angeles received this honor along with Lisbon, Portugal and Seoul, Korea.
Additionally, Los Angeles and the Villaraigosa administration in particular were highlighted in the “EV City Casebook” released Saturday at the Global Electric Vehicle Insight Exchange (EVX). The EV City Casebook provides an accessible look at the global electric vehicle movement by detailing the local policies, incentives, programs, and customer behaviors in 16 cities and regions across nine countries and three continents.