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By Zach McDonald ·
October 05, 2010

NY Times Says Plug-in Battery Industry Is Unlikely to Move Overseas

In the first article in a two-part series on the electric vehicle industry, The New York Times today looked at the relative advantages and disadvantages of building plug-in batteries domestically as opposed to overseas. The article centers around the experiences of CODA, which built its original business model around the idea that imported battery packs could be coupled with domestic vehicle assembly to bring down the cost of its EV.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 21, 2010

Coda Sets Price for Electric Sedan At $44,900

Coda Automotive, a startup electric car company in Santa Monica, said Tuesday that it will sell its all-electric sedan for $44,900. Coda buyers are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit and a $5,000 California rebate, effectively bringing the price down to $32,400. The key question is why an EV shopper would pay significantly more for the first highway-capable electric car from an unknown and unproven company.

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By Nick Chambers ·
September 03, 2010

Nissan and CODA Take an Electric Car Shine to Hawaii

So, you're on an island surrounded by water for hundreds of miles, all your oil has to be shipped in from elsewhere, your energy prices are always two to three times higher than your continental neighbors', and you're looking at a future where livability on your island is likely to decline dramatically as energy prices do nothing but rise—what do you do?

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By Brad Berman ·
August 20, 2010

Coda Grasps At Straws to Differentiate Its Electric Sedan

Coda Automotive, the small underdog electric car start-up, is promising to deliver its first vehicles in December. As an unknown entity, the company’s sales and marketing folks are under the gun to find advantages to their product, compared to the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt. It looks like the pressure is getting to Mike Jackson, Coda senior vice president of sales and distribution. Any advantages compared to a LEAF—Jackson points to a faster charger, active thermal battery management, and a trunk—are wiped out by a price tag about $10,000 higher.

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By Nick Chambers ·
July 15, 2010

Video: Electrification Coalition Launches New Ad Campaign; Plug-ins are the Future

Although the Electrification Coalition has largely been traveling under the radar for the past two years, it appears that now—in the face of stalled electric car deployment legislation in D.C.—they are launching a new offensive to get the word out about their vision of a plug-in-car-filled future.

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By Zaher Karp ·
July 14, 2010

Largest Lithium Iron Phosphate Plant Set for Canada

Germany's Sud-Chemie AG has announced that it will infuse its Canadian Phostech Lithium subsidiary with $78 million in cash to build a new plant in Quebec. The funding will help make the company the world's largest producer of lithium iron phosphate, which is one of several varieties of lithium that can be used as a cathode material in lithium ion batteries.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 07, 2010

Coda CEO: Innovative Low-Cost Sales & Service Strategy

This week, Kevin Czinger, Coda's CEO, presented a sales and service plan for his electric car company—all aimed at keeping down the costs while sales ramp up. For example, cars will be serviced in a way that resembles Apple's "Genius Bar."

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By Brad Berman ·
March 21, 2010

Geography, Oil and the Coda Electric Car

The Coda all-electric sedan, due late this year, is the underdog in the race for an affordable mass-market pure electric car. Fans of electric vehicles, and supporters of good old-fashioned American entrepreneurialism, might celebrate Coda’s rugged and independent approach—but that’s being undermined by questions about the manufacturing origins of the Coda sedan. But critics say the car is manufactured in China, so it’s a Chinese car. Full stop.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 08, 2010

Coda Takes on Major Players for Affordable Pure Electric Car

California buyers will have the chance to purchase a Chinese-built highway-capable all-electric car by the end of this year. That was the promise made by Coda Automotive CEO Kevin Czinger to a group of about 60 automotive journalists last week. Speaking to a meeting of the Western Automotive Journalists, Czinger revised earlier pronouncements on price, declaring that after the $7,500 federal tax credit, a new Coda EV sedan will retail for about $30,000.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 10, 2009

Chinese-Built Electric Car Headed for US

Southern California automaker Coda Automotive announced plans to bring a new electric car to the US from China in 2010. The all-electric sedan is based on an existing gas-powered four-door car, known as the Hafei Saibao 3, built in Harbin, China.

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