• Dec 6, 2011
A Level 2 home charging solution is a critical bit of kit for any electric vehicle manufacturer. GM offers the Voltec home charger to pair with the Chevy Volt. Nissan offers the somewhat pricey AeroVironment charging station for the Nissan Leaf. And Coda has signed on General Electric to provide electron-pushing duties for the upcoming Coda Sedan.

GE's Wattstation is a wall-mounted Level 2 charger that is designed to recharge an EV using 220V power. This will help to refill the the Coda's capacious 36-kWh battery (compared to the 24-kWh pack in the Nissan Leaf and the 16-kWh battery in the Chevy Volt) in under eight hours.

Though the Coda itself is larger than a Leaf, the larger battery should help the sedan hit a real-world range of around 150 miles. Coda recently announced a price drop in their sedan, with the base price now set at $39,900 (before any applicable adjustments). Coda has stated that production of the 2012 sedan has started, and that the car is "sold our" until next spring. Show full PR text
Coda, GE Forge WattStation Agreement

LOS ANGELES -- GE Energy Industrial Solutions (NYSE: GE) has finalized an automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement for the sale and distribution of the GE WattStationTM Wall Mount electric vehicle (EV) charging station with CODA Automotive Inc., a leading EV manufacturer.

The GE WattStation Wall Mount, a fast, easy-to-use Level 2 EV charger, significantly decreases the time required to fully charge an electric vehicle compared with a Level 1 charger. The CODA is the first five-passenger, mid-size sedan that delivers the longest range of any all-electric vehicle in its class. The vehicle is equipped with a class-leading 36 kWh battery pack that enables a fully charged CODA to go up to 150 miles, or almost five times the average daily commute.

The new collaboration creates a "one-stop shopping" experience for consumers by creating the opportunity to have the GE WattStation EV charging station and the CODA electric vehicle at the same retail outlets. GE and CODA look forward to working together on additional opportunities such as retail outlet displays, marketing event co-promotions and consumer activities to demonstrate the ease of use and functionality of GE Energy's entire EV charging product line.

"This milestone is another step in GE's journey to lead the future of global electrification," said Luis Ramírez, CEO of GE Energy Industrial Solutions. "As demand for the GE WattStation continues to exceed our expectations, bringing our products closer to the customer will help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles."

Phil Murtaugh, CEO of CODA Holdings, said, "We are excited to be the first car company in the United States to be working with GE Energy to support consumers as they enter the EV world. As one of America's most established, recognized and respected brands, we're thrilled to be able to support CODA customers with a reliable one-stop GE solution as they move into the EV market."

The zero-emissions CODA sedan features an industry-leading, 10-year, 100,000-mile battery warranty; class-leading range; fun-to-drive handling and a new U.S. base price of $39,900. This relationship helps support the company's mission of putting an electric vehicle in every garage.


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      Ben Crockett
      • 3 Years Ago
      The range and price is impressive but the styling is o' so 90's.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a Wattstation for my Leaf and it was actually pricier than the Aerovironment unit but I got it because of its good looks. I'll be curious to see if Coda owners get a price break since it's endorsed by their manufacturer.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      extension cords are tricky
      Larz Larzen
      • 3 Years Ago
      hmmm. So it looks 90s. NBD, if it does what they say it does, and if it meets standards, this car is worth what they're asking. I'm afraid it's an endangered species, like the Aptera, though. I hope not. Why don't you guys that are good with Photoshop take the bare outlines and redesign the look?
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      150 mile electric car for the price of a Volt.. That's a big discount over a Model S. Interesting to see who's gonna be the guinea pig for this Chinese car though, lol.. I wonder how that rectangular pancake shaped battery will do in crash tests, now that we are kinda on the subject..
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        On the upside, this will challenge the Japanese and American competition to drop their prices if it turns out to be a good car. Yeah! :)
        Larz Larzen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Rectangular pancakes. Now there's an idea that IHOP hasn't tried.
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering the diverse backgrounds and personalities behind Coda, I am amazed that this dull little vehicle is the final product. The glider for the Coda EV conversion is produced by obscure PRC car maker, Harbin HF Automobile Industry Group Co Ltd (Hafei). .Since 2009, Hafei has been a division of Chang'an Motors. (although a Hafei subsidiary, is still traded on the Shanghai exchange). Chang'an Motor, has JVC's with Suzuki and more recently Ford and Peugeot. Chang'an Motors, is controlled by the Peoples Republic of China Weaponry Equipment Corporation. PRCWE Corp, is owned by a section of the Communist Party that operates 'Special Secret State Security assets'. (including an Industrial Espionage School, located at a PLA base, sort of a cross between the Harvard School of Business and CIA Operative Training Centre!). Coda also has a JVC with the successful Lithium Battery producer, Tianjin Lishen. Lishen has an even more complex shareholding, but is basically controlled by China National Offshore Oil Corporation.(CNOOC)! CNOOC,'s ethical history would make Exxon and the CIA look like boy scouts! CNOOC, has been involved in everything from heroin dealing, operating labour camps, to human rights abuses on a world scale. Senior Directors are usually also senior Communist Party Commissars. Mostly elite graduates of secret 'security' training schools. The massive size and complexity involved in the financial dealings of these shadowy secret PRC controlled networks of JVC's and shareholdings in Western companies and industries is difficult to assess, but should be a real concern to Western intelligence agencies. Economic warfare is still warfare. On the US side of the enterprise, Coda's directors range from corporate raider, (and early EV pioneer) Miles Rubin, to former BP Oil company boss, ( and environmentalist), Lord John Browne. Ezee will be horrified to learn that Directors include Steven “Mac” Heller, best remembered for being head of Goldman Sachs Head of Mergers & Acquisitions,( Worldwide and Investment Banking Division), during the GFC. "Mac" seemed to survive better than millions of his fellow investors! (Currently, Executive Chairman, CODA Automotive). Coda has attracted some very impressive investors, especially from Hedge-funds, and Private Venture Capital Funds. For a small alternate technology start up, Coda has certainly attracted the interest of disproportionate group of heavyweight identities. So why with all that money and talent available, is the Coda such a mediocre product?
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering the price drop and the huge size of that battery, the Coda is not a joke anymore. It will still struggle because it is an unknown Chinese car but maybe they can pull it off.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        I'm glad to see more people coming around... Coda has a lot to do before they're a serious threat to the establishment, but they've done a credible job with their first BEV attempt.