“Chinese company Hybrid Kinetic Motors announced plans Thursday to construct a new green vehicle manufacturing plant in south Alabama, bringing 5,000 jobs to the state.
In a press conference with Gov. Bob Riley, the Alabama Development Office and state legislators, HK Motors Chairman Yung “Benjamin” Yeung said his firm chose the state because of the strength of its economy and quality of work force.
The Baldwin County plant will be its primary manufacturing site, the state said in a news release.
Initial production is expected to begin in 2013, with the first phase of 300,000 vehicles.
HK Motors will use a hybrid engine that employs compressed natural gas, electricity and gasoline, which it said provides efficiency at affordable prices to consumers.
Natural gas is an abundant and clean resource, Yeung said. And he said the mass production of green vehicles will allow it to be less expensive than the competition.
Alabama has become a hub for the automotive industry, with Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Hyundai plants.”