Lehmkuhler said the documents speak for themselves and declined to comment for this story.
On repeated occasions, the records show, VEDP was unable to get critical questions answered, and by 2012, there was scant discussion of building in Virginia.
Before their release to the AP, the documents were censored to avoid disclosing proprietary or trade secret information, and other documents were withheld entirely, said Sandra Jones McNinch, the agency's general counsel. Therefore, some basic information was not available, including: how many people GreenTech proposed hiring; economic impact projections; salary ranges; details of the vehicle's manufacture; and estimates about its performance.
McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin said Friday that although "GreenTech supplied extensive documentation to support their project, VEDP repeatedly made clear in meetings and correspondence that they did not want to pursue this project."
Marianne McInerney, GreenTech's sales and marketing vice president, said Friday that Virginia had its mind made up not to do business with the company.
"We've found a home in Mississippi, but that doesn't mean that as we continue to expand our business that we would not like to reconsider Virginia. We absolutely would," she said.
GreenTech opened a factory in Horn Lake, Miss., a suburb of Memphis, Tenn., earlier this year. The company set up an assembly line in a former elevator factory, unveiling the operation at an event attended by McAuliffe, former Democratic President Bill Clinton and former Republican Gov. Haley Barbour. There, the company showed off a handful of its vehicles.
Although the assembly line is modest compared to the large plants built in Mississippi by Nissan and Toyota, the event cooled some of the skepticism that had surrounded GreenTech. McAuliffe extolled the importance of manufacturing at the grand opening and pledged, under a giant American flag, that GreenTech would make the innards of its vehicles in the U.S., even those destined to be assembled in a Chinese factory for that market.
Neighborhood electric vehicles are limited to streets with speed limits of no more than 35 mph in the U.S. A top-of-the-line MyCar made by GreenTech is supposed to cost $18,000. The company has said it plans to sell a year's output to a Danish firm, and also says it has a deal to sell some to Domino's Pizza franchisees.
The company says it still plans to build a 300,000 square-foot factory in Tunica County, Miss., but work there has never progressed beyond site preparation work.
Associated Press writer Jeff Amy in Jackson, Miss., contributed to this report.