Less than a week ago, Dongfeng Motor Corporation outlined a five-year, $443 million program with a focus on developing and building hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs). Now, Dongfeng has revealed plans that show the company is serious about entering the advanced vehicle market as soon as possible. According to Sinocast, a Chinese news service, Dongfeng Motor broke ground on an EV manufacturing facility that will boast an annual production capacity of 2,000 complete vehicles and at least 5,000 fully-assembled chassis.

The $96 million plant, located in central China, will be dedicated to producing commercial vehicles with battery-powered motivation. The lineup of vehicles is said to include buses and pickup trucks, but the company has yet to reveal any particular model information. Dongfeng's new EV-manufacturing site lacks the production capacity to meet the company's lofty goals of 100,000 hybrids and at least 50,000 battery-powered vehicles by 2015, but it's a step in the right direction.

[Source: Sinocast – sub. req. via Green Car Advisor]