We told you about the strange, cool, and rather unbelievable Carbon Motors E7 police cruiser last fall: aluminum spaceframe, 50/50 weight distribution, four-wheel independent suspension, 420 lb-ft biodiesel-burning turbodiesel six, and a claimed 250,000-mile service life. The company is now in the location hunt for its "Carbon Campus," a proposed site that would house the entirety of its operations and manufacturing.
Carbon issued a release that makes a big to-do about this search, claiming they will be unusually candid in their quest for a location because "having this dialogue in public will help drive the required private-public sector collaboration." Carbon Motors is sending formal Requests For Proposals to the following five states: Braselton and Pooler, GA; Connersville, IN; Plymouth, MI; Charlotte, NC.; Greenville and Spartanburg, SC.
"Independent projections" estimate that Carbon's police vehicle project will create, both directly and indirectly, more than 10,000 jobs in the region that makes the final cut. They also claim a positive economic impact of $3 billion over a period of ten years.
Carbon Motors' claim that its E7 is making a huge splash on the "Pure Justice Tour." Rumors of Metallica or Megadeth headlining are unconfirmed. New pictures of the vehicle - either extremely good CG or some actual pre-production examples - are quite enticing; if this thing becomes a reality, it might well be the first domestic auto with an interior as good as Audi.
We can't finish without pointing out that the release contains one of the longest, most labyrinthine, and most awkward sentences we've read in perhaps the past year: "Additionally, as we look to eliminate wasteful spending out of government, promote innovation in the private sector, and place a focus on the accountability and responsibility of elected and appointed government officials at the local, state, and federal levels to deliver on the rhetoric of new jobs, the environment and support for our first responders – we thought it best to share it all with the nation." Some details are better kept private.