ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp., a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, has selected Mesa for its U.S.-based assembly facility and engineering technical center. Phoenix ranks as the fifth largest city in the U.S. with nearly 1.8 million residents and Mesa ranks 35th nationally, according to 2020 census data.
The company’s selection marks the end of a comprehensive year-long site search conducted by ElectraMeccanica and its partner, BDO USA’s site selection and incentives practice. Since late February 2020, the company has been engaged in a nationwide review of potential locations that matched ElectraMeccanica’s technical and workforce criteria.
The proposed facility in Mesa will support ElectraMeccanica’s strategic plan to meet anticipated demand for its flagship SOLOEV. When fully operational, the facility is expected to create up to 500 new jobs and will be capable of producing up to 20,000 SOLOs per year. In total, it will feature both a light vehicle assembly plant along with an engineering technical center including multiple labs to support research facilities as well as vehicle chassis, battery pack and power electronics testing workshops.
Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM.
In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.