Green Bill Puts DeLorean Back into Production, Creates at least 40 jobs in 29th District
HOUSTON—In December the House of Representatives approved, and the President signed, a 6-year transportation bill that included a key provision for small car manufacturers introduced by Rep. Gene Green (D-TX-29). The Low Volume Motor Vehicle Act provision, allows replica car companies, like DeLorean located in the 29th Congressional District, to sell new assembled vehicles rather than individual car parts for refurbishment on existing vehicles. Shortly after the bill was signed into law, DeLorean Motor Company announced that it is “going back to the future and into production,” for the first time in 35 years. Production is expected to create at least 40 new full-time jobs in the 29th District.
“Our bill ensures that Houston companies like DeLorean are not hindered from selling their cars by antiquated federal legislation to hobbyists and enthusiasts who love classic cars. I’m proud to see an iconic Houston brand like DeLorean going back into production thanks to our bill and look forward to exciting times ahead at DeLorean as we go back to the future.”
Before the law passed, these “kit cars” were sold without the engine or transmission being installed or simply not produced at all since federal regulators determined that installing the powertrain is the step that makes it a “motor vehicle” and subjects the manufacturer to overly burdensome regulations meant for large car companies like Ford or General Motors.
WHAT: Congressman Green Tour DeLorean Motor Company in Humble
WHEN: Thursday, January 27, 2016, 8:30 – 9:00 AM / Tour of DeLorean Motor Company / 9:00 – 9:30 AM, Roundtable discussion
WHERE: DeLorean Motor Company / 15023 Eddie Drive Humble, TX 77396