South Korea’s electric vehicle-making startup Zein Motors has opened what would be the country’s first electric truck factory with an annual capacity of about 3,000 units.
Zein Motors on Tuesday celebrated the opening of its new electric truck factory sitting on a land of 40,000 square meters in Daegu, North Gyeongsang Province. The company expected it would churn out more than 3,000 units of electric truck annually at the factory with a floor space of 17,000 square meters.
Zein Motors is an auto-making unit established in 2016 under Korea’s mid-sized auto parts supplier Dae-Il Corporation (DIC) based in Daegu. It has introduced a 1-ton battery-powered truck Calmato, which is a conversion of the Porter, a capover truck produced by Korea’s top automaker Hyundai Motor.
The truck making startup has applied for electric vehicle certification for the Calmato to the country’s transportation ministry aiming to embark on the mass production of the electric truck in the second half of this year.
The company’s goal to become the country’s major electric vehicle maker is well backed by the Daegu Metropolitan City government that has promised to invest 14 billion won ($13 million) over the next four years to help local companies focus on the development of next-generation vehicles such as EVs and autonomous cars.
“The city will keep up efforts to support the development and production of EVs, and Zein Motors` new factory will help Daegu become the country’s top EV-making city,” said a city official.
By Woo Sung-deok and Lee Ha-yeon
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