On June 3rd the world was notified of yet another new electric car start-up company along with its first vehilce of the same name.  Coda Automotive is the brainchild of  Miles Rubin who also founded Miles Automotive, the maker of low speed EVs.

Headquartered in Santa Monica California the new company stated its intentions to mass produce a pure electric sedan. The 4-door 5-passenger unassuming sedan will be powered by lithium ion batteries made by Lishen Co. of China.

The vehicle will have a 333 v 33.8 kwh battery pack composed of 728 prismatic 14.5Ah Li-ion cells. The pack will come with an 8 year 100,000 mile warranty.

Power comes from a 100 kw motor developing 221 foot-pounds of torque and delivers 0 to 60 under 11 seconds with a top speed of 80 mph. It is front wheel drive.

Driving range will be from 90 to 120 miles depending on driving behavior. There is a 6 kw on-board smart charger that will allow recharge in 12 hours at 120V, 6 hours at 240V.

Lishen is already one of the world's largest lithium-ion battery producers and the new Lishen-Coda joint venture has already filed a grant application with the US DOE to build a battery plant in the United States.

Coda intends to deliver 2700 cars in the end of 2010 and has a capacity goal of 20,000 in 2011. Cars will be sold directly and for now only in California.

The vehicle will be priced at $45,000 and come with a "green screen" AM/FM/XM radio, bluetooth, iPod connector, and power windows and locks.

Source ( Coda Automotive )