Shyft Group Expanding in Charlotte, MI, to Produce Commercial EVsFebruary 10, 2023
Shyft, Novi, MI, announced plans to invest $16 million to expand its engineering and manufacturing capabilities in Charlotte, MI, to produce its Blue Arc EV Solutions brand of electric commercial vehicles. According to a report in MiBiz, the investment will enable the firm (formerly known as Spartan Motors) to start production on the all-electric Class 3, 4 and 5 vehicles by mid-2023, with capacity to manufacture 3000 EVs/yr.. The Charolotte facility currently produces conventionally powered delivery vans and chassis used in motor homes and work trucks.
The investment comes nearly 5 mo. after Shyft received the first 2000-unit preorder for Blue Arc’s line of walk-in delivery vans. With the expansion, MiBiz reports, the company is leveraging assistance and incentives from the city of Charlotte, Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), and the Michigan Economic Development Corp., which is providing an $800,000 performance-based grant under the Jobs Ready Michigan Program.
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