A new technology is going to bring thousands of jobs to the bluegrass state.
Simpson County has been chosen as the site for an $84 million facility that will be used to manufacture the ZAP car.
The low-speed electric vehicles are made as part of a partnership between Integrity Automotive, LLC and Zero Air Pollution. The state offered the company a $48 million incentive package.
The plant, which will be built in Franklin, will be one million square feet.
"This represents an investment not only in Kentucky's economy but also in the future of this country," said Governor Steve Beshear. "The long-term security and economic health of this nation depends in part on its ability to become energy independent. This plant, and the vehicles it's designed to produce, could be an important part of that strategy."
The company says the new plant will create 4,000 new full-time jobs within four years. The average wage will be $20 per hour.
"These are good, high-paying jobs, the kind that have been so important to this state over many years and are even more important in this tough economic period," Gov. Beshear said.
Governor Beshear signed an executive order earlier this month that will allow ZAP cars on Kentucky roads. The only stipulation is those roads have to have speed limits of 45 mph or less.