The Californian EV manufacturer Mullen Technologies is moving ahead with its plan to produce the Chinese electric sports car Qiantu K50 in the USA. Mullen has now secured a development plan for a 121,000 sqm site in the state of Washington.
In detail, Mullen has now secured the support of the West Plains Airport Area Public Development Authority (PDA). Both sides have signed a letter of intent to build a 121,000 square meter plant for the production of electric cars in Spokane, Washington. After PDA completes construction, Mullen subsequently is to become the tenant of the facility. A research and development department is also to be set up at the site. Until completion, both partners are looking for an interim site where battery development and the initial assembly of the Qiantu K50 can be initiated.
Mullen Technologies intends to launch the Qiantu K50 on the US market as early as next year. The background is that Mullen struck an agreement with the Chinese carmaker Qiantu Motor to homologate, assemble and market its model in North America. The sleek carbon two-seater is expected to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and to reach speeds of up to 200 km/h. There are different specifications for the performance: While in December, the talk was of 296 kW, lates estimates stand at 320 kW. Meanwhile, Mullen indicates a range of up to 400 km. Visitors to the New York Auto Show will be able to catch a glimpse of the battery electric vehicle.
Meanwhile, Electrek references an unnamed executive saying that the price of the K50 will be between 125,000 and 150,000 dollars, depending on the options chosen. Mullen also plans to sell the first 1,000 electric cars as a launch edition, followed by 2,500 regular cars annually.