Electricity Giant Partners with EV Carmaker


General Electric Energy had announced last Wednesday that the company’s 240-volt wall-mounted WattStation electric vehicle charging unit would be the standard charger for the upcoming electric vehicle from Coda.

In its statement, the electricity giant called Coda, a start-up company, as a leading electric vehicle manufacturer despite the fact that the company still has to roll out an actual electric vehicle. This partnership though is a positive sign for the car maker’s future, where its unveiling has been marred with delays and further delays.

In the same announcement, Coda announced that the production of the Coda electric sedan was underway. It also included a price dip by as much as $5,000 from the previous estimates for the purchase of the Coda sedan.

According to CEO of Coda, Philip Murtaugh, the price of the upcoming sedan was down to $40,795 through examination of each line item in building the vehicle. There was also a marked improvement in quality and presentation of the vehicle and was proven with the vehicles displayed, with more comfortable seats and better fitting door panels. The Coda sedan was originally a four seater but the latest reincarnation seats five people comfortably.

GE’s participation would be through the energy charging facilities for the Coda electric sedan’s 36 kilowatt-hour battery. The byline in the Coda electric sedan is its bigger battery compared to its competition. This battery pack is 50 percent larger than the Nissan Leaf, thus, allows the Coda to run for 120 miles compared to the Leaf’s 80 miles on a single charge. Coda’s onboard charger claims to be twice faster than the 2011 Leaf’s charger.

These though are claims made by Coda and are still unproven. The fact though that GE is willing to package its home charger with Coda, together with the lower price of the sedan, makes it impossible not to ruffle many feathers in the small but highly competitive electric vehicle market.

This is just one step in the corporate goals of maintaining all core design and engineering work internal to the company and establishing partnerships with manufacturers and suppliers around the world. These partners include BorgWarner, UQM Technologies, EnergyCS, Continental Automotive Systems, Porsche Design Studios, Delphi, Celgard, Novolyte Technologies, OMITEC, Lear, Hella, Hafei and Lishen. Overall, Coda maintains over thirty separate relationships with companies and partners in four continents across the world.