CODA Drives its First All-Electric Vehicle

The first fully assembled CODA – a silver all-electric sedan with a 31 kWh battery pack –drove off the final assembly line. The occasion kicked off the final assembly of CODA Automotive’s first all-electric 2012 CODA five passenger sedans that will be sold in California.

“This is an incredibly exciting day for the CODA family and the EV community,” said Mac Heller, executive chairman, CODA Holdings. “Since day one, we’ve been dedicated to designing an electric car that provides the amenities that the American driver has come to expect, such as range, torque, and value. This car symbolizes our commitment to accelerating the adoption of EVs.”

With the initial assembly of the glider chassis and Lithium-ion battery pack conducted in China, all research and design, marketing and sales are conducted at the company’s global headquarters in Los Angeles.

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)

The CODA will be soon available for purchase at dealerships throughout California: CODA of Silicon Valley, run by Del Grande Dealer Group (DGDG in Northern California; Marvin K. Brown Auto Center in San Diego; and various locations in the Los Angeles region that will be announced soon.  As production increases, additional dealerships in the state and beyond will be announced, said the company Monday, March 12.

The 31kWh 2012 CODA comes at a price of $37,250 and can go up to 125 miles on a single charge. In California, federal and individual state savings and credits may bring the price down to $27,250, the company expects.

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