Coda teams with Amports to open final assembly site in California

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Officials from Amports and startup Coda Automotive have struck a deal to open a final assembly facility for the electric Coda Sedan in Benicia, CA.

Coda says the Benicia site will generate 50 jobs and, perhaps more importantly to the company, between 10,000 and 14,000 Coda Sedans are expected to roll through the doors by the end of 2012. Coda Automotive will ship gliders from China to the Bay Area where the unfinished sedans will then be trucked from the Port of Oakland to Benicia. Once inside the Benicia site, Amports technicians will install the Coda Sedan's major drivetrain components, including its 33.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Coda still insists the four-door, five-passenger, $44,900 electric sedan will launch in the U.S. before the end of 2011. Coda officials told Times-Herald that its partnership with Amports is "long-term," but did not give details on terms of the contract.

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