Electric car technology company to create 84 jobs in Wytheville

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Evatran LLC plants to build a new facility in Wytheville that will manufacture its Plugless Power charging technology for electric vehicles creating 84 new jobs.

Evatran, a subsidiary of Wytheville-based MTC Transformers, is the manufacturer of the world’s first “hands-free” electric vehicle supply equipment.

MTC Transformers, a manufacturer of specialized electrical transformers focusing on niche market segments, was founded in Wytheville in 1985. The company started Evatran in April 2009. Evantran will separate from MTC Transformers in July 1.

“In light of today’s need to ever increase energy conservation, I commend the company’s key involvement in alternative energy solutions such as Plugless Power,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement.

Evatran’s technology allows drivers of electric cars to pull into a charging station to recharge without needing to plug in to a power source.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Wythe County, the Joint Industrial Development Authority of Wythe County, Wytheville, Rural Retreat and Virginia’s aCorridor to secure the project for Virginia. Virginia competed against North Carolina and Ohio for the project.

McDonnell approved a $150,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $235,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project.

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