Recently there has been a lot of buzz about a new car company taking over an old General Motors supplier facility in Louisiana. No one in the media was quite sure who the mystery automaker was going to be. Would it be Fisker? Th!nk? In reality it turned out to be a company that few of us had ever heard of: San Diego based V-Vehicle.

Little is known about company, but a who’s who of investors have lined up to back the venture: T. Boone Pickens, Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers and James Davison, of Ruston, Louisiana. These luminaries of energy and capital hope to produce a "High-quality, environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient car for the U.S. market." According to, the ’V’ in V-Vehicle originally stood for value when the company was founded. also unearthed that V-Vehicle has filed for the rights to "Model 1" and "Model One" although a company spokesman would not confirm those names.

No further information is available about the company’s products. The cars at launch late next year will not be all-electric or hybrid, but rather will be fuel-efficient gasoline powered models. The company website for V-Vehicle is currently just showing the V-Vehicle logo. A ’WhoIs’ database check for the domain name simply shows a John Harbison of San Diego, CA as the registered owner. Of interest is the fact that Tom Matano, who designed both the first and second generation Miatas, will be design director for the company.



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