While companies like ZAP are struggling to get away from China and into an entirely US based manufacturing scene, others are taking the opposite route. Enter Coda.
The engineers from Miles EV, have been working with a company in China based on a similar development concept as the Tesla, by finding a gasoline car that shows potential to be sold in the US as an electric car. There has been much talk about the safety of electric vehicles, and of course crash test ratings are the big hurdle for a lot of these companies. But the new Coda is believed to be up to the challenge and looking forward to a 4 out of 5 star rating. (Which seems to go against Chinese cars historically.) Taken from this article.
The other interesting note is that as a gas car in China, it costs about $12k, but is projected to be closer to $45k as an EV in the US. Not that great considering the Tesla Sedan is just $55k and another Chinese competitor BYD is planning a plug-in hybrid at around $16k.
I'm curious what thoughts you have regarding the balance of using overseas labor to make the car more affordable over bringing production home to try to boost our economy and improve quality assurance. How do we weigh affordability, safety, and corporate responsibility?