Coda Automotive today announced that their initial shipment of cars, that arrived with some part damage from China earlier this year, had now been repaired, and their all electric sedan would go on sale at California dealerships starting next week.
The first sale will end a long standing drought of Chinese automaker's attempts to import and sale an electric car in the United States. The most notable recent failure was that of BYD with the FD3M extended range car, and the with the E6. Coda had originally stated the car would arrive in 2010.
The Coda dealership in Los Angeles will now have 10 shining examples of the best China has to offer. The sedan has an EPA range of 88 miles, and a base price of $38,145, which refreshing includes shipping. The car is of course also eligible for the $7,500 federal incentive.
Contrary to original plans, CEO Phil Murtaugh has stated that the rollout will not be at Coda owned dealerships, but rather through franchises, and will be much more thoughtful, and slower.
In speaking with Automotive News (subscription required) the CEO said:
"We have opted for a slow production acceleration in order to ensure flawless execution at every step of our operating system, which includes component supply from four continents, manufacturing operations at two locations in China and one location in the U.S., logistics pipeline and dealer delivery process."