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Carbon Motors plans to build different vehicle in Indiana

December 17, 2012

A company planning to build high-tech police cars in a vacant eastern Indiana auto parts factory says it has a second vehicle that it plans to produce in Indiana.

Carbon Motors Corp. on Monday announced it will begin producing a multi-mission vehicle called the TX7 somewhere in Indiana before it begins production of E7 police cars at a vacant former Visteon plant in Connersville.

Company spokesman Stacy Dean Stephens told The Connersville News-Examiner that Carbon will assemble the smaller vehicle in the state, but it's not certain yet whether that work will take place in Connersville.

The Energy Department rejected Carbon's bid for a $310 million federal loan in March, stalling E7 production.

The Connersville public works board agreed Friday to give an undisclosed buyer until March 31 to close on a delayed deal to acquire the property for $4 million.

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