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Somewhat LEGO-like, the details of the all-electric 2010 Coda Sedan are coming together. We learned earlier this summer that the EV will use a 100 kW / 134 hp motor from UQM. This week, BorgWarner announced that its eGearDrive single-speed transmission will find a home under the hood of the electric vehicle, which will be introduced in California next year.

The Coda sedan will use BorgWarner's 31-03 eGearDrive, which BorgWarner says is "ideally suited" for electric drive vehicles. The highway-speed Coda Sedan will likely not be the only model to use this transmission, which is adaptable to a variety of systems, says BorgWarner Drivetrain Systems president and general manager John Sanderson. Read more pieces about the Coda EV here; there's more on the eGearDrive after the jump.

[Source: BorgWarner]


BorgWarner Announces eGearDrive(TM) Transmission Application on All-Electric 2010 Coda Sedan

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BorgWarner announces another eGearDrive transmission application on the all-electric CODA sedan, scheduled for introduction in California in 2010. Ideally suited for full performance electric vehicles on either front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive transverse driveline applications, the BorgWarner 31-03 eGearDrive(TM) single-speed transmission delivers high torque capacity, high efficiency, and low noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in a compact package. Paired with a UQM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (NYSE Amex: UQM) PowerPhase electric propulsion system, the BorgWarner eGearDrive(TM) transmission will propel the five-passenger CODA sedan at highway speeds while providing maximum powertrain efficiency.

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"BorgWarner's 31-03 eGearDrive is a purpose built, high performance transmission that can be broadly adapted to a variety of electric propulsion systems," said John Sanderson, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Drivetrain Systems. "Designed for fast-to-market implementation, we expect this eGearDrive transmission to accelerate growth in the all-electric and hybrid electric vehicle segments."

In addition to providing primary drive for front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles, BorgWarner eGearDrive systems enable launch assist, energy recovery, and AWD performance for the secondary-driven axle on any type of vehicle. Also available is an optional electronically actuated park lock system as well as various electronic driveline disconnect systems.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., CODA Automotive is an all-electric car and battery company. The company designs, brands, markets and distributes electric vehicles utilizing a strategy that allows CODA Automotive to develop vehicles rapidly in a flexible manner, avoiding the traditionally capital-intensive nature of the automobile business. Through its exclusive transportation battery joint venture with Lishen Power Battery, China's main state-owned battery manufacturer, CODA is also a leading designer and large-scale manufacturer of power battery systems.

"BorgWarner's commitment to excellence and leadership position in the powertrain component business made the company an ideal transmission supplier for the all-electric CODA," said Kevin Czinger, President & CEO CODA Automotive. "We're looking forward to working with BorgWarner."

BorgWarner Drivetrain Systems produces highly engineered drivetrain technologies for the global vehicle industry. Key product segments include: Dual clutch modules; wet friction clutch components and systems; mechatronic transmission control modules; electro-hydraulic solenoid valves; mechanical clutch assemblies; all-wheel drive couplings, transfer cases and software/controls; and electric vehicle transmissions. These systems improve fuel economy and performance while enhancing vehicle stability. BorgWarner Drivetrain Systems is a trusted supplier to virtually every major light vehicle and automatic transmission producer in the world today.

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA) is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The FORTUNE 500 company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 60 locations in 18 countries. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA, and MAN. The Internet address for BorgWarner is: http://www.borgwarner.com/.

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