Electric car company could bring thousands of jobs to West Plains

SPOKANE, Wash. - An electric car company out of California plans to build a new manufacturing facility in the West Plains, potentially bringing thousands of jobs to the Spokane area. 

Mullen Technologies signed a Letter of Intent for the construction of 1.3 million square feet of assembly, manufacturing, research and development facilities. 

Mullen Technologies is working to bring the development of its Qiantu K50 pure electric high-performance sports car to the Spokane region. That project is estimated to bring 55 jobs at the startup, with a projected increase of up to 863 jobs by 2026. 

The company, through Mullen Energy, also expressed further interest in bringing its research and development functions related to lithium batteries for its autos to the area. The company estimates that project could bring nearly 3,000 jobs.

“We are looking forward to working with the West Plains Airport Area Public Development Authority, to bring wage-earning jobs to the Spokane region. PDA and Mullen are working very closely as we introduce the Qiantu K50 all electric sports car to the US market, along with emerging battery cell technology,” said CEO and Chariman David Michery. 

The company estimates the Qiantu K50 to be launched in the USA in 2020. The pure electric, high-performance sports care is capable of going from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds. 

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