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CitEcar Electric Vehicles, which relocated to Charleston from Florida last year, reported a sales surge in January.

Billed as a top player in the low-speed EV field, citEcar Electric Vehicles relocated from Gainesville, Fla., to Charleston last fall — claiming that it required a larger facility to expand its footprint.

The move to a bigger distribution plant and larger metro area is already paying dividends. citEcar Electric Vehicles announced last week that the business set a sales record “for the historically quiet month of January” — 300 percent higher than the same time frame in 2015.

“What an amazing start to the year,” said Justin Jackrel, president and founder of citEcar. He credited the record sales for January on “incredible customer response from the value additions we have added to our lineup over the last few months.”

By the end of 2015, citEcar sales were up 37 percent. Jackrel said the company’s growth last year “forced us out of Florida and into a much larger manufacturing facility in Charleston.”

Once fully in place locally, citEcar’s top brass in January decided against “solely focusing its time and effort” on yearly planning, instead dedicating the month to customer satisfaction. The company said it worked “tirelessly” improving vehicle quality and customization, while giving consumers honest answers and loyal, friendly service.

“By giving value to its customers with the custom-built electric vehicles they want — at a more affordable price than any of its competitors — 2016 has started off as a promising year,” the company said.

To keep up with demand, citEcar saw its supply and chassis orders surge 428 percent in January.

“We are excited and confident in our forecasted growth in 2016, continuing to add new members to the citEcar family throughout the year,” Jackrel said. “We have great things in store.”

The company anticipates doubling its growth in 2016 with added value to customers and with new dealers already signing up. The business has been taking applications for new dealerships, “offering discounted shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. and around the world.”

citEcar Electric Vehicles describes itself as “a leading manufacturer of the widest selection of street legal, electric low speed vehicles in the U.S.”

The company launched in 2006 and today spins out more than 40 customizable electric vehicles including electric golf carts, electric shuttles, commercial EVs, street legal golf carts, low-speed vehicles and Americans with Disabilities Act-compatible shuttles. It also provides a full line of parts and accessories.

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Charleston area boat makers should be well represented at the 2016 Miami Boat Show this weekend, one of the largest of the year.

Scout Boats is expected to take part in the five-day show, which started Feb. 11 and runs through Sunday. The Summerville-based boat builder planned to show off new modifications to its signature 420 model, the company’s largest vessel at 42 feet.

Meanwhile, Zodiac Nautic North America, also located in Dorchester County, displayed new models for two of its lines.

Zodiac Nautic corporate owner and chief executive Dominique Heber-Suffrin, along with Zodiac Nautic Morth America President Gary Durnan, were to announce new product information about Zodiac’s Medline series and its Avon series at a press conference Thursday. The company’s parent is based in France.