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Bill Clinton attends electric MyCar launch

The first American MyCar will roll out today at a ceremony attended by Former President Bill Clinton at GTA's manufacturing facility in Mississippi.

Also attending the event are Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security Douglas A. Smith.

The MyCar was originally developed in Hong Kong, following a concept by Giugiaro. It was launched at the 2008 British Motor Show and went on sale in the UK the following year. Now Greentech Automotive has started production of the electric runabout in Mississippi for the American market.

Energy storage experts Flux Power are providing the lithium battery technology that will power GreenTech Automotive's MyCar.

"Flux has been working with GTA for well over a year now to design and validate various lithium packs for its MyCar program," said Chris Anthony, Flux Power CEO. "We have developed a 7, 15, and 23KWh pack with GTA and have already delivered the first several hundred vehicles worth of battery packs to them for production. We are excited to collaborate with GTA, another great American technology company, to supply the world with cost-effective electric vehicles."

Classed as a Neighbourhood Electric Vehicle, the MyCar is designed for neighborhood driving and are limited by state laws to maximum speeds of 25 to 35 miles per hour. MyCar is a pure electric vehicle and can be recharged from any regular household socket. It is estimated to cost about two cents worth of electricity per mile to operate.

The Made-in-America two-seater has an estimated range of 115 miles between battery charges, although this may droop in the case of former President Clinton, should he feel the urge to indulge his love of cigars and use the onboard lighter.

Posted on 06.07.2012
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