CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Distressed automakers in Detroit feeling the burn of fuel prices gave Brooks Agnew the push he needed.
Forget about the gas-powered automobile, they told him. Building electric cars was his best bet for survival during a nationwide automotive industry crisis in 2008.
Agnew, 60, recently debuted the Condor 2015, an all-electric pickup designed for fleet service and deliveries, that conserves energy and saves buyers thousands in fuel costs. Capable of hauling 1,000 pounds and reaching up to 80 mph, the truck was produced in Charlotte, N.C., by EV Fleet Inc., a manufacturing startup Agnew formed this year to assemble and sell electric pickups.