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Sonoran governor touts state’s electric car potential during Detroit visit

The governor of neighboring Sonora was recently in Detroit touting his state as a potential electric vehicle hub.

During his trip to America’s Motor City, Gov. Alfonso Durazo visited a facility owned by the automotive parts provider Martinrea, which also has a presence in Sonora. Pointing to his state’s large — but still in development — lithium deposits and supplies of graphite, Durazo said Sonora could be a promising site for electric vehicle manufacture. It is already home to a major Ford plant.

He also says planned improvements at the seaport in Guaymas could make it easier for car manufacturers to export their vehicles.

Murphy Woodhouse was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.