PHOTO CAPTION: Final assembly of Coda Electric would be in Bay Area.

Coda Close to Deal on Benicia, CA Assembly Plant

Plant would create 100 jobs and product 14,000 vehicles annually.

Published: 15-Sep-2010

BENICIA -- The Bay Area's burgeoning electric car industry soon may be revving up in Benicia.

Officials from Amports Inc. and startup Coda Automotive Inc. confirmed Tuesday that the two are close to a deal to open a final assembly plant in Benicia.

The Santa Monica company also has been in talks with Los Angeles city officials to open a Southern California plant -- a long-term vision that's still on the table, a company spokesman said.


CODA Electric priced $12,000 above Nissan LEAF electric car.

Sticker price $44,900 and with tax credits and rebates in California can drop price to $32,400.

Coda all-electric car will be deployed at Enterprise Rent-A-Car facilities.

Battery-powered Sedan has range up to 120 miles with 6.6kW on-board charger supporting full recharge in six hours.

Coda Sedan

As good as Coda's technology may be, the price may be a significant deterrent for many consumers.


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