California drivers picked up the keys to their all-electric CODAs from their local dealers. CODA Automotive executives and dealer representatives celebrated the first three sales of the all-electric 2012 CODA five passenger sedans across the state on Friday, March 16.
“Watching our dealers deliver the first vehicles to customers is an incredibly fulfilling milestone,” said Phil Murtaugh, CODA Holdings CEO. “All three customers share our conviction that advances in technology can help solve the energy challenges that have weighed down our economy and our environment for decades, and we’re thrilled to have them help bring us one step closer to fulfilling our founding vision.”
Recently, Verizon and VIA Motors said they will collaborate to develop and demonstrate plug-in electric work vehicles using VIA’s proprietary eREV (extended range electric vehicle) technology and evaluate the technology for possible wide-scale application into Verizon’s fleet. (Read: VIA Motors and Verizon to Develop Electric Vehicles)
And Honda has delivered 2013 Fit EV battery-electric vehicles to Google and Stanford University as a part of the Honda Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program. (Read: How Google Drives Honda Electric Vehicle)
CODA’s Los Angeles customers were joined by Mr. Murtaugh and owner of the CODA Los Angeles dealership, Dana Martin, at the CODA Los Angeles Experience Center.
Carmen of Los Angeles, an eco-conscious advertising executive, and Daniel Weiss; CODA Holdings founding investor and board member, and Angeleno Group co-founder and managing partner; are now owners of a black and white CODA, respectively.
The first CODA owner in Northern California is Randy of Redwood City, a pilot with a passion for technology. CODA executive chairman Mac Heller and president of Del Grande Dealer Group (DGDG) Shaun Del Grande delivered a silver CODA to the new EV owner.
According to the company, the new 2012 CODA is the first all-electric five-passenger, mid-size sedan with full rear seating and trunk space that meets American drivers’ daily transportation needs without an ounce of gasoline.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, CODA Automotive is a privately held company that designs, manufactures and sells all-electric vehicles.