Cenntro Automotive, a leading EV technology company with advanced, market-validated commercial vehicles, will locate a 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Florida. The $25 million project is expected to create 34 new jobs.
The new facility will support annual production levels of over 50,000 vehicles within four years as well as assembly, quality and testing processes, parts warehouse, distribution and administrative functions. The company will begin assembling vehicles in the first quarter of 2022.
“Jacksonville is the ideal spot for our first U.S. manufacturing facility with JAXPORT providing a strong foundation in advanced manufacturing and a growing innovation ecosystem,” said Peter Wang, Cenntro Chairman and CEO of Cenntro Automotive. “We believe Jacksonville provides a great talent pool as we look forward to contributing to the growing advanced manufacturing environment. Our new Jacksonville hub will serve as a cornerstone for our U.S. commercial electric vehicle sales and manufacturing efforts as our seventh assembly plant worldwide.”
The Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved the economic development deal on December 14th for the proposed facility to support the Company’s production of its vehicle lines, with a possible expansion to support additional vehicles and a battery packing operation.
“We are uniquely positioned to grow advanced manufacturing in the Jacksonville region, given our investments in JAXPORT to accommodate larger ships and expand transportation options in and around the port,” said Aundra Wallace, President of JAXUSA Partnership. “We are working to create an environment where innovative, leading-edge companies like Cenntro can thrive and grow here. We thank Cenntro for their investment in Jacksonville and look forward to their continued success.”
Cenntro will use the Jacksonville Port Authority or “JAXPORT” to import materials for the production of vehicles, and use the port to export some of the finished vehicles to partners and clients across the globe.
“Cenntro is a global leader in eco-friendly electric vehicles, and we are thrilled to welcome them to Northeast Florida,” added JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “Many of the region’s efficiencies that have made JAXPORT one of the nation’s top vehicle-handling ports also make Jacksonville an ideal location for commercial and passenger vehicle manufacturing. We look forward to putting these advantages to work for Cenntro and thank them for bringing new jobs and business to our community.”