Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp. says it will be building the battery-electric version of Ford Motor Co.’s Transit Connect light-duty van in Kansas City, MO. Smith, headquartered in Kansas City, initially will invest $10 million to build the vans at an overhaul base at Kansas City International Airport, with 120 people expected to be employed there by 2010. Smith will start production at the plant in the third quarter with the Smith Newton, which it says is the world’s largest ...

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