Venturi to Open Plant for New Electric Car

Venturi Automobiles, the Monaco-based maker of luxury electric cars, says it is looking to build an assembly plant for electric vehicles in the Ouest Park zone near Sablé-sur-Sarthe in France’s Loire Region, where Venturi was founded in 1984. The plant is scheduled to open at the end of 2009.

Venturi’s newest electric endeavor will be assembled at the new plant. The as yet-unnamed vehicle was developed jointly with Michelin and will be unveiled at the upcoming Paris Auto Show, or for French green gearheads, “Mondial de l’Automobile.” Venturi did not say if one of its other cars, the €297,000 ($422,000) Fetish, will be assembled there, nor did it offer no updates on the much-delayed electric sports car’s production schedule.

We’ve seen a flurry of new electric car assembly plant announcements recently. The big news this week was Tesla’s decision to build a $250 million manufacturing plant and corporate headquarters in San Jose, Calif.,where it will build its new Model S electric sedan. Meanwhile, electric car vet ZAP has started construction on a new manufacturing facility in Kentucky, where it might assembly the mysterious, three-wheeled Alias.

Image courtesy of Venturi.