Hawai'i is an appealing place to operate and drive electric vehicles (EVs) for four main reasons: range anxiety isn't a huge issue, there are a lot of eco-minded citizens there (some of whom have spending money), gasoline costs an arm and a leg compared to most of the rest of the U.S., and there is a lot of solar energy potential. Of course, this all means that more than one company has announced it would like to sell and promote EVs there, like Phoenix and Better Place, and some estimates are that there will be 10,000 EVs in the islands by 2015. The latest company to try and get into the game is Coda, which announced today it will launch the Coda Sedan in Hawai'i in the third quarter of 2011.
The Sedan will be available to both fleet and regular buyers in Hawai'i, and Governor Linda Lingle said in a statement that having another EV option is important to reducing the amount of oil the state uses every year (most of which comes from Malaysia – PDF):
This is all fine and good, but neither Better Place nor Phoenix are offering cars in a Honolulu dealership just yet. Will Coda beat them to it? We'll find out in around 12 months. Oh, and what's the story with the first electric car in Hawai'i? It's right here.Coda Automotive's all-electric vehicle is another important addition to Hawai'i's efforts to transition to a clean energy economy. The State of Hawai'i recognizes new electric vehicle technology and the electrification of the transportation sector will play a critical role in helping Hawai'i reduce its dependency on the use of fossil fuels and achieving our 70 percent clean energy goal by 2030.
[Source: Coda Automotive]
CODA AUTOMOTIVE TO LAUNCH THE ALL-ELECTRIC CODA SEDAN IN HAWAI'I IN 2011
HONOLULU, HI., September 2, 2010– CODA Automotive, a privately held American company that designs, manufactures and sells all-electric vehicles and battery systems for transportation and utility related applications, today announced its intent to distribute the CODA Sedan to consumer and fleet customers in Hawai'i in the third quarter of 2011.
The CODA Sedan will be one of the first affordably priced, all-electric vehicles on the road in the U.S. when CODA begins limited deliveries at the end of 2010. The CODA Sedan is a four-door, five-passenger car, powered by an all-electric drive system, including a CODA-designed 33.8 kWh Lithium-ion battery system with 40 percent more usable energy that any electric vehicle in its class. CODA's proprietary battery management and thermal management systems keep the battery within a specified temperature range which enhances safety and durability, and allows for a consistent and dependable range of up to 120 miles across all U.S. weather conditions.
"CODA Automotive's all-electric vehicle is another important addition to Hawai'i's efforts to transition to a clean energy economy," said Governor Linda Lingle. "The State of Hawai'i recognizes new electric vehicle technology and the electrification of the transportation sector will play a critical role in helping Hawai'i reduce its dependency on the use of fossil fuels and achieving our 70 percent clean energy goal by 2030."
Under the Hawai'i Clean Energy Initiative launched by Governor Lingle and the U.S. Department of Energy in 2008, Hawai'i's vision is to have clean energy account for 70 percent of its total energy needs by 2030.
"The government and leadership of Hawai'i has clearly demonstrated that they are aggressively supporting the adoption of all-electric vehicles through their rebate program and commitment to developing charging infrastructure," said Kevin Czinger, President and CEO, CODA Automotive. "We look forward to bringing relief to the people in the State of Hawai'i who are accustomed to traditionally high gas prices and are confident the CODA Sedan will meet all of their day-to-day driving needs."
Over 100,000 miles of use, each CODA Sedan will result in an average CO2 savings of 21.8 tons relative to a 25 MPG internal combustion engine-based car.
CODA Automotive executives are participating in the Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit (August 30 – September 2) at the Hawai'i Convention Center.
About CODA Automotive: Headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., CODA Automotive™ is working to reduce dependence on oil and is leading the way to a cleaner future through advanced battery systems for its 100 percent electric car, other electric vehicle manufacturers and utility applications such as wind power storage. CODA is working in a smart, interdependent way with more than 30 leading global technology and manufacturing companies across four continents to quickly and efficiently bring electric drive technology to market. Through its exclusive battery system joint venture with Lishen Power Battery, Lio Energy Systems, CODA is also a large-scale producer of power battery systems for transportation and utility applications. CODA is slated to begin limited deliveries of its all-electric car in the fourth quarter of this year (2010). The CODA™ Sedan is a five-passenger, mid-size car with full rear seating and trunk space that is designed to meet American drivers' daily transportation needs without using an ounce of gasoline. For more information, please visit www.codaautomotive.com.