USDA loan will help Oregon EVs


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Oregon rural development office is providing a grant to help a Central Oregon electric vehicle manufacturer.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Oregon rural development office is providing a grant to help a Central Oregon electric vehicle manufacturer.

Venus Motors Company, based near Bend, has an electric chassis and drivetrain technology that is the basis for customizable electric vehicle such as its Veepster, an all-electric jeep-style vehicle with a 100-mile range, a top speed of about 60 miles per hour and a $24,000 price tag — before incentives.

Venus Motors sources chassis from BH Workman & Sons in Prineville and body parts from FiberFab in LaPine, creating a small EV supply chain in central Oregon that is targeted by the USDA grant.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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