DaVinci Innovations (DVI) was selected in July as the first Arkansas dealer for Envirotech vehicles and now it’s made its first large scale order. DVI has ordered 100 vehicles, the companies announced Thursday (Aug. 11).
DVI, based in Jonesboro, plans to sell to municipalities throughout the Natural State. A timetable for completing the deal was not released. Envirotech is the only company that manufactures vehicles in Arkansas.
“This purchase order is reflective of the strong demand that we are seeing for electric vehicles from municipalities throughout Arkansas. By supplying DVI with 100 of our industry-leading zero-emission electric trucks and vans, we are positioning ourselves to benefit from considerable growth in the municipal market as more and more municipalities across Arkansas look to transition to green transportation. We’re energized by this order and remain focused on further expanding and leveraging our dealer network to grow our presence throughout the state,” Envirotech CEO Phillip Oldridge said.
Envirotech, based in Corona, Calif., acquired a 580,000-square-foot building from the city of Osceola in February. When it’s fully operational, the plant is expected to employ up to 800 workers. The company plans to invest $80 million in Arkansas during the next five years.
Envirotech has been in business for more than 30 years. It builds vehicles, systems and green technology that serves last-mile fleets, school districts, public and private transportation service companies, and colleges and universities to meet the increasing demand for heavy-duty electric vehicles.
The company is currently manufacturing and delivering three electric power vehicles to customers – urban trucks, logistics vans and cutaway vans. The Osceola plant is designed to be a final outfitting facility for vehicles built elsewhere and it will serve as the shipping point to customers.
How many vehicles the plant will produce each year was not released. The electric vehicle market is expected to top $170 billion this year and is predicted to balloon to $700 billion by the year 2026.
DVI was created in 2022 by owner Guy Pardew. As the state’s first commercial electric vehicle dealer, consumers can view inventory and make purchases through DVI’s website and vehicles will be shipped directly from the company’s manufacturing facility in Osceola to the businesses.