Mullen Technologies is a California-based electric vehicle manufacturer aiming to spice up the electric coupe market with its Qiantu K50 sports car.
- Mullen Technologies will produce the Chinese designed Qiantu K50 in Spokane, Washington
- A 1.3 million square foot facility will be built and create up to 3,000 jobs
It was recently displayed at the 2019 New York International Auto Show and received copious praise from members of the media.
The K50’s production is great news for Spokane, Washington, as Mullen has chosen the city as the site to produce its flagship sports coupe. Mullen and the West Plains Airport Area Public Development Authority have signed a Letter of Intent for the construction of 1.3 million square feet of assembly, manufacturing, research and development facilities.
It will bring approximately 55 jobs to the area at inception, increasing to 863 jobs by 2026. The company, through Mullen Energy, has a further interest in relocating its research and development of lithium batteries for autos and other uses which would increase the job count to nearly 3,000 employees. Additionally, over the next two years Mullen will be developing an air handling system to optimize battery cell life, creating the potential for even more job growth.
Mullen claims the K50 can go from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds and has an electronically limited max speed of 125 mph. The car’s two motors can generate 430 horsepower and it’s expected to have a 200-mile range, aided by a redesigned lithium battery pack which is 30% lighter than the previous version.
It’s exciting to see another electric vehicle manufacturer use America’s West Coast as an innovative hub for new research and vehicle production. While the K50 is a $125k+ sports car with specs that aren’t especially impressive, it looks cooler than the competition and it could be a unique niche car with Mullen using it as a launch platform to prepare for additional offerings in the future.