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California company latest to target Hawaii for electric cars

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:22 p.m. HST, Sep 2, 2010

A small automaker based in Southern California is the latest company to announce plans to sell electric vehicles in Hawaii.

Privately-held Coda Automotive said it expects to deliver its first five-passenger sedan in the third quarter of next year.

The company did not disclose a price for the Coda, which is similar to the electric Nissan Leaf in terms of size, range and performance. The Coda's Lithium-ion battery pack will produce 33.8 kilowatt hours of energy that will the car a range of 90 to 120 miles and a top speed of 80 miles per hour, the company said.

"Coda Automotive's all-electric vehicle is another important addition to Hawaii's efforts to transition to a clean energy economy," Gov. Linda Lingle said in a prepared statement.

"The state of Hawaii recognizes new electric vehicle technology and the electrification of the transportation sector will play a critical role in helping Hawaii reduce its dependency on the use of fossil fuels and achieving our 70 percent clean energy goall by 2030," she said.

The first mass produced electric car in Hawaii will be the Nissan Leaf, with the first deliveries scheduled for January. Leaf has a sticker price of $32,780, which can effectively be brought down to $20,780 with a combination of federal and state tax credits.

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