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April 3, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Electric Car Converter Will Open Facility in Watts: Solar Electric Engineering Inc., a Northern California company that converts gasoline-powered cars to run on electricity, announced that it would open a division in Watts, with the goal of producing 50 vehicles a month. The facility, Electricar Los Angeles, is being launched as part of the Rebuild L.A. project to create new jobs in southern Los Angeles. Solar Electric, based in Santa Rosa, is now the nation's largest producer of electric cars.
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August 10, 1993
Nordskog Industries Inc. in Van Nuys has sold its electrical-vehicle manufacturing operations in Redlands to Solar Electric Engineering Inc. for $2 million in cash and stocks, the companies said. Nordskog's main business is making airline galleys. But since 1946, Nordskog has also been making electrical vehicles for industrial use and buses at its facilities in Redlands. Nordskog Electrical Vehicles' division had about 45 employees and annual sales of about $3.
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BUSINESS
August 10, 1993
Nordskog Industries Inc. in Van Nuys has sold its electrical-vehicle manufacturing operations in Redlands to Solar Electric Engineering Inc. for $2 million in cash and stocks, the companies said. Nordskog's main business is making airline galleys. But since 1946, Nordskog has also been making electrical vehicles for industrial use and buses at its facilities in Redlands. Nordskog Electrical Vehicles' division had about 45 employees and annual sales of about $3.
BUSINESS
August 4, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Solar Electric Engineering to Buy Nordskog Electric Vehicles: The rapidly expanding company, headquartered in Sebastopol, Calif., announced that it is acquiring Redlands-based Nordskog Electric Vehicles, a maker of industrial electric vehicles. The deal will involve an undisclosed amount of cash and stock, said Don Bright of Solar Electric.
BUSINESS
November 23, 1992 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Solar Electric Engineering Inc., the tiny Santa Rosa, Calif., company that produces more electric cars than any other U.S. manufacturer, has formed a joint venture with a Florida specialty auto maker to produce an electric-powered utility van. The first electric van commercially available in the United States, it will be designed to meet demand spurred by tax incentives favoring electric vehicles in the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Consulier Automotive of Riviera Beach, Fla.
BUSINESS
June 24, 1993 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a major deal in the fledgling electric vehicle industry, a small Southern California company will buy technology from a Hughes Aircraft unit to convert cars and trucks to electric power at an assembly facility in South Central Los Angeles. Electricar, a unit of the nation's largest converter of electric vehicles, expects to begin production of electric-powered Chevy S-10 trucks and Geo Prisms in mid-July.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1991 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"We offer everything!" car salesmen Gary Starr exclaims, all shirt sleeves and teeth. "CD players, tinted windows, hands-free cellular phone, even power windows. We'll lease you a car. We take trade-ins too, as long as they're electric." As the sharp aroma of roasting espresso breezes along the street in downtown Santa Rosa, past the furniture store and the Omelette Express, Starr, president of Solar Electric Engineering Inc.
BUSINESS
August 4, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Solar Electric Engineering to Buy Nordskog Electric Vehicles: The rapidly expanding company, headquartered in Sebastopol, Calif., announced that it is acquiring Redlands-based Nordskog Electric Vehicles, a maker of industrial electric vehicles. The deal will involve an undisclosed amount of cash and stock, said Don Bright of Solar Electric.
BUSINESS
June 21, 1988
Solar Electric Engineering Inc. has signed an agreement to enter into a joint venture to manufacture and commercialize a new photovoltaic cell developed by scientists at International Solar Electric Technology. The company said the goal is to produce a cell that will allow the average homeowner to generate low-cost electricity from sunlight. Solar Electric, a 12-year-old California company, will jointly own the manufacturing plant with ISET.
OPINION
November 29, 1992
Last week's announcement of a joint venture between a California electric vehicle manufacturer and a Florida specialty auto maker to build electric vans may demonstrate that necessity can be the mother of market opportunity as well as invention. Strangely, the double whammy of a weak economy and Southern California's often foul air may before long produce an economic and environmental dividend for the state in the form of electric vehicle technology. Solar Electric Engineering Inc.
BUSINESS
June 24, 1993 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a major deal in the fledgling electric vehicle industry, a small Southern California company will buy technology from a Hughes Aircraft unit to convert cars and trucks to electric power at an assembly facility in South Central Los Angeles. Electricar, a unit of the nation's largest converter of electric vehicles, expects to begin production of electric-powered Chevy S-10 trucks and Geo Prisms in mid-July.
BUSINESS
April 3, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Electric Car Converter Will Open Facility in Watts: Solar Electric Engineering Inc., a Northern California company that converts gasoline-powered cars to run on electricity, announced that it would open a division in Watts, with the goal of producing 50 vehicles a month. The facility, Electricar Los Angeles, is being launched as part of the Rebuild L.A. project to create new jobs in southern Los Angeles. Solar Electric, based in Santa Rosa, is now the nation's largest producer of electric cars.
BUSINESS
November 23, 1992 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Solar Electric Engineering Inc., the tiny Santa Rosa, Calif., company that produces more electric cars than any other U.S. manufacturer, has formed a joint venture with a Florida specialty auto maker to produce an electric-powered utility van. The first electric van commercially available in the United States, it will be designed to meet demand spurred by tax incentives favoring electric vehicles in the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Consulier Automotive of Riviera Beach, Fla.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1991 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"We offer everything!" car salesmen Gary Starr exclaims, all shirt sleeves and teeth. "CD players, tinted windows, hands-free cellular phone, even power windows. We'll lease you a car. We take trade-ins too, as long as they're electric." As the sharp aroma of roasting espresso breezes along the street in downtown Santa Rosa, past the furniture store and the Omelette Express, Starr, president of Solar Electric Engineering Inc.
BUSINESS
March 21, 1995 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nation's leading builder of electric vehicles, Santa Rosa-based U.S. Electricar Inc., has dramatically cut back operations after two years of aggressive expansion and now needs a cash infusion in order to survive. Only a drastic reorganization and an interim loan from its Japanese partner is keeping the company "a going concern," the firm said in a statement. A company spokesman added Monday that the firm needs another $15 million by the end of July to remain in business. U.S.
NEWS
April 23, 1992 | BERNICE HIRABAYASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Electric cars have evolved from clunkers that could barely pull away from a stop sign to formula racers that reach speeds of 100 m.p.h. Both ends of the spectrum were displayed at Santa Monica College's airport campus on Tuesday in a media event to promote an upcoming road race. There was a 1911 Baker Electric Car, which was marketed as a nice car for women because of its limited range women didn't need to go far) and quietness.
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