Mullen Automotive, Inc., an emerging electric vehicle manufacturer, announced the the first Mullen THREE has rolled off the assembly line at the Tunica, Mississippi, assembly plant.
This comes on the heels of the company's announcement of production start for Mullen THREE Class 3 EV Cab Chassis Truck and pricing for the Mullen ONE Class 1 EV Cargo Van and Class 3.
“As more fleets focus on their sustainability goals addressing climate change, the net price points of our Mullen commercial products make this an easy choice and help accelerate their transition to electric,” said David Michery, CEO and chairman of Mullen Automotive. “With both vehicles qualifying for the $7,500 federal tax credit, their Class 1 EV Cargo Van acquisition cost will reduce to $27,000, and Class 3 EV Cab Chassis Truck will reduce to $61,000.”
More recently, the automaker also announced the PowerUp, its new mobile EV charging truck on sale now for commercial applications such as roadside assistance, power utilities, and even emergency response.
Class 3 Vehicle Production on Track
Mullen THREE, Class 3 EV truck began production on August 10 at its Tunica, Mississippi, assembly plant with first customer deliveries on track to begin in August and September. The first truck rolled off the assembly line on August 21, 2023.
“We have been true to our commercial Class 3 vehicle production commitments and have now achieved a significant milestone with the first trucks rolling off the line,” Michery said.
Mullen will be gradually ramping up production rate over the course of September through December. Once fully ramped, Class 3 production capacity at the Tunica facility is currently planned for 3,000 Class 3 vehicles per year. As electric vehicle adoption rates increase, Mullen plans to add a second shift for Class 3 production, which will increase capacity to 6,000 total vehicles per year.
To date, the company has received $79 million in purchase orders for 1,250 Mullen THREE Class 3 EV trucks from Randy Marion Automotive Group and MGT Lease Company.
“I am proud to announce that our Class 3 vehicle line is now in production mode at our Tunica facility. Our team has been working seven days a week, day and night, getting this plant reconfigured and ready for Class 3 production,” said David Michery, CEO and chairman of Mullen Automotive.
Recent capital expenditures in Tunica include the addition of:
- Automated Guided Vehicles to transport vehicles through assembly stations in the plant.
- Installation of robotics.
- Water test booth and end-of-line diagnostics.
Mullen THREE Class 3 Urban Utility EV Cab Chassis Truck Pricing & Features
- Starting MSRP: $68,500
- Available tax credit: $7,500
- Vehicle net price: $61,000 (after tax credit)
Mullen noted that there are also various state incentives, such as the California HVIP program, which offers up to $45,000 incentive for commercial Class 3 products such as the Mullen THREE EV Cab Chassis Truck.
The Mullen THREE is a Class 3 low cab forward EV truck featuring a tight turning diameter of 38 feet and improved visibility for maneuverability on narrow city streets. This chassis provides a clean top-of-rail for easy upfitting with bodies up to 14 feet long and over 5,800 pounds of payload.
In addition, the design of the LCF chassis allows more cargo volume within a given overall length.
A few highlighted features for the Mullen THREE vehicle include:
- 130-mile estimated range
- 11,000 lbs. GVWR
- 5,802 lbs. max payload
- 14 ft. max box length
- 38 ft. turning diameter
Mullen ONE Class 1 Urban Delivery EV Cargo Van Pricing & Features
- Starting MSRP: $34,500
- Available federal tax credit: $7,500
- Vehicle net price: $27,000 (after tax credit)
According to a company statement, the Mullen ONE is anticipated to be the first electric cargo van for sale in the U.S. market in the Class 1 commercial vehicle segment. This van was designed for last-mile delivery, with increased cargo volume, payload, and reduced turning diameter to easily navigate through narrow urban streets and residential roads.
A few highlighted features for the Mullen ONE electric cargo van include:
- 110-mile estimated range
- 4,881 lbs. GVWR
- 1,683 lbs. max payload
- 157 cu. ft. cargo volume
- 20 ft. turning radius
Need Charging Infrastructure?
Mullen Automotive isn't just stopping with the vehicle. In December 2022, the company announced a partnership with Loop to offer electric vehicle charging solutions. The partnership is expected to combine Mullen's "expertise in electric vehicle design and engineering with Loop’s expertise in electric vehicle charging infrastructure."
Additionally, Mullen EV Charging Network clients can take advantage of Loop-as-a-Service (LaaS) payment choices, which offer a budget-friendly solution for installing EV charging infrastructure without any upfront capital expenditures. This option allows clients to pay for the upgrades over a fixed term by utilizing a portion of the projected monthly charging revenue.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published on May 4, 2023. It has been updated to reflect more current information, most recently on August 21, 2023.
Originally posted on Work Truck Online