Electric Car Maker Miles Creating Buzz

Miles plans to sell 9,000 its Chinese-assembled cars almost exclusively in California and mostly in the Los Angeles area.

Published: 15-Jan-2009

Does a Santa Monica startup have what it takes to upend the auto industry?

Miles Electric Vehicles Inc. a small company with big ambitions, is on the threshold of bringing to market the car that has long eluded the largest manufacturers in the world: an affordable all-electric, five-passenger vehicle capable of keeping up with freeway traffic and is aimed at the mass market.

This month, Miles will have about 25 prototypes of its Highway Speed Sedan at test facilities in the United States, Europe and China. Next year, Miles plans to sell 9,000 such cars almost exclusively in California and mostly in the Los Angeles area.

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