Electric Vehicles International announced that it will use a $3.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission to expand and modernize its primary U.S. manufacturing facility.

The electric vehicle modernization grant will provide funding to develop a manufacturing line that will lower production costs, ultimately leading to more electric vehicles on the roads of California and nationwide.

"Through A.B. 118, the California Energy Commission is funding this grant to EVI, creating 50 new living-wage clean energy jobs," said Jim Boyd of the California Energy Commission. "This grant is intended to help EVI modernize and transform the medium and heavy-duty electric vehicle manufacturing industry, making clean, electric vehicles more accessible and affordable, and facilitating a widespread transition from diesel engines to zero-emission vehicles to meet California's progressive economic and environmental goals."

Additionally, EVI recently signed an exclusive supply agreement with Valence Technology to secure battery demand.