An electric car company is expanding its operations and moving headquarters to Greenville County.
Dash EV, which produces vehicles to expand the carsharing business, made the announcement Wednesday. Dash EV created “Dash,” a 100% electric, solar-charged vehicle. The company’s mission is to provide sustainable mobility that fills a gap between walking, biking and mass transit in cities and on campuses, according to a company news release.
“Dash EV is thrilled to be establishing our headquarters in South Carolina,” said Dash EV founder and CEO Roman Kuropas.
The state’s commitment to green energy and electric vehicles provides an ideal opportunity for the company to provide an affordable, zero-emission carsharing program for the Greenville and Clemson communities to get to school, work, grocery shopping and more, he added.
“We look forward to expanding to other communities in South Carolina, and working with the South Carolina Research Authority, Gov. (Henry) McMaster and the entire state on innovating sustainable transportation — now and in the future,” Kuropas said.
The company’s new operations are set to create 10 additional jobs.
Operations are expected to be online by mid-December. Individuals interested in joining the Dash EV team should visit the company’s website.
“South Carolina has become a hub for innovative automotive companies, and with this announcement, our impressive roster only continues to grow,” McMaster said in the news release. “We welcome Dash EV to South Carolina and look forward to the work they will do here.”
McMaster will host the Governor’s Electric Vehicle Summit today at the AC Hotel Greenville.
Dash EV is a family-owned company that aims to offer transportation services to communities in need and to help lower America's carbon footprint. Its shared and on-demand service complements other existing transportation options on campuses and in neighborhoods and cities, according to the release.
“Dash EV’s innovative combination of electric vehicle technology and carsharing services is a unique concept, and we welcome this cutting-edge company to the Greenville County community,” Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III said in the release. “Dash EV is the type of company that underscores our vision at S.C. Commerce, which is to embrace the future to ensure South Carolina’s sustainable advantage.”
Working with the Greenville County and city officials, the S.C. Research Authority began engaging with Dash EV in 2020. Since then, SCRA has introduced Dash EV to potential partners and clients, culminating in the award of a new relocation grant to bring its headquarters to South Carolina, which will create more technology jobs and opportunities for residents of the state, the release said.
“We are excited to be part of this collaboration that is bringing Dash EV to South Carolina,” Bob Quinn, SCRA executive director, said in the release. “The job creation potential — as well as the prospects for new technologies and innovation— is the result of SCRA working with trusted partners, including the Upstate SC Alliance, Carolinas Alliance 4 Innovation, Greenville Area Development Corp., and South Carolina Department of Commerce.”
The Dash EV headquarters will be at 355 S. Main St. in Greenville, according to the release.
“We welcome Dash EV to our internationally recognized business community and celebrate the culture of innovation and sustainability they bring to Greenville County and our state,” Greenville County Council Chairman and Greenville Area Development Corp. board member Willis Meadows said in the release. “We take pride in being home to their new headquarters and helping advance the next-generation mobility solutions they are developing.”l