Coda Automotive prepares for launch

March 2, 2010 § 1 Comment

Some news from beyond Geneva: Coda Automotive, an electric car start-up based in Santa Monica, is to launch its first car this autumn. The company’s focussed on safety, reports the LA Times, and aiming for a five-star rating in the US crash test programme. The car, a compact saloon, will be built in China, using batteries from a supplier called Lishen; it’s said to go 90-120 miles on a single charge.

A Coda spokesman told the LA Times that “we’re very close on safety certification efforts… We’ve done a lot of crash testing and computer modelling. We’re within months from completing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requirements.”

Prices will start from the low $30,000s, after the California $7,500 tax credit for buying an electric car, and initial sales will be in Los Angeles and San Francisco only.

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