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Salinas Company Unveils Three-Wheeled Electric Car

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A Green Vehicles' Triac sits on display at the North American International Auto Show January 11, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Triac is a 100% electric vehicle, has a top speed of 80 miles per hour, and a 100-mile range. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

A Green Vehicles’ Triac sits on display at the North American International Auto Show January 11, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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SALINAS (KCBS) – The latest electric car to hit the market is being manufactured in Salinas. The three-wheeled, all-electric commuter car, known as the Triac, is being manufactured by Green Vehicles. It has a range of 100 miles, and can be fully charged in only five hours.

Green Vehicles President Mike Ryan said they moved their manufacturing facilities from China.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:


”There are certainly ways to do certain parts of manufacturing more cheaply overseas, but we think we’re striking the right balance of quality and sustainability by doing it here in California,” said Ryan.

With a price tag of $25,000, the company is hoping to market the Triac to environmentally-conscious consumers who want to reduce their carbon footprint.

John McElroy, an auto industry analyst in Detroit doubts that a three-wheeled car will be very popular.

”I’m not even just talking about the American market,” said McElroy. “If you look anywhere in the world, three-wheeled cars have just never really caught on.”

The vehicles are expected to begin rolling off the assembly line in Salinas at the end of the year.

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