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Hawaii Welcomes Electric Vehicles

CODA Sedan electric vehicle
The CODA Sedan.

During 2011, Hawaii will welcome to its roads two electric vehicles — the CODA Sedan and the Nissan LEAF — along with the charging infrastructure required to to support them.

CODA Automotive, a privately held American company that designs, manufactures and sells all-electric vehicles and battery systems for transportation and utility related applications, will distribute the CODA Sedan to consumer and fleet customers in Hawaii 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 Hawaii’s efforts to transition to a clean energy economy,” said Governor Linda Lingle. “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 goal by 2030.”

Under the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative launched by Governor Lingle and the U.S. Department of Energy in 2008, Hawaii’s vision is to have clean energy account for 70 percent of its total energy needs by 2030.

“The government and leadership of Hawaii 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 Hawaii 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.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, 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. 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.

In related news, Nissan North America and the state of Hawaii have formed a partnership to advance zero-emission mobility by promoting the development of electric vehicles, and an electric-vehicle charging network, throughout the state. The partnership, which was announced at the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo in Honolulu, marks Nissan’s first definitive agreement in the United States and will help to foster the adoption of electric-vehicle technology. The Nissan LEAF, the world’s first affordable, zero-emission, all-electric vehicle for the mass market, will be available in Hawaii beginning in January 2011.

Nissan LEAF electric vehicle
The Nissan LEAF.

“Nissan is a global leader in electric vehicles, and the state of Hawaii has shown similar leadership through its progressive policies and focus on clean energy,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America. “Hawaii’s drivers share that commitment, as demonstrated by their strong interest in the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, zero-emission vehicle, which arrives in Hawaii in January.”

Hawaii has demonstrated policy leadership through the creation of a $4,500 state tax credit towards the purchase of an electric vehicle and a $500 state tax credit towards the purchase and installation of a home charging station. The state tax credit, paired with an available $7,500 federal tax credit, could bring the price of a Nissan LEAF, which carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $32,780, to as low as $20,780 for Hawaii consumers.

As part of the agreement, Nissan and the State of Hawaii will develop plans to promote a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, as well as the deployment, operation, and maintenance of a charging network. The partners also will work to coordinate the establishment of policies and help streamline the deployment of an EV infrastructure. Nissan is committing to bringing a supply of Nissan LEAF electric vehicles to Hawaii and readying the dealer body to sell and lease them to consumers.

“I appreciate Nissan’s confidence in Hawaii and recognition of our commitment to pursuing a clean energy future,” said Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle. “By bringing the Nissan LEAF to Hawaii and working collaboratively with the State and our partners toward the electrification of transportation, Nissan is playing an important role in helping us achieve the goal of reducing our dependence on imported oil.”

“This partnership personifies Hawaii’s commitment to a future powered by clean, sustainable sources of energy. In order to change the energy consumption patterns of our population, we have to offer drivers alternatives to vehicles that rely on imported fossil fuels,” said Senator Daniel K. Inouye. “More than 90 percent of the fuel and energy we consume in Hawaii is the product of imported oil. Given our unique access to clean, renewable, energy sources, Hawaii should serve as a model of what is possible when government and business collaborate to plan a path forward into an energy efficient future.”

The Nissan LEAF is a five-passenger compact electric car that uses no gas, creates no emissions and has no tailpipe. It has a top speed of 90 mph and is powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries, which provide the car with a range of 100 miles on a single charge as tested on the LA4 test cycle, enough to satisfy the daily driving needs of more than 90 percent of Americans and to circle Oahu.

Nationwide, more than 18,600 consumers have reserved a Nissan LEAF. Nissan is continuing to take reservations through its website, www.nissanusa.com. Interested consumers are encouraged to place a reservation, which entails a $99 fully refundable fee to secure a spot on the list to place an order. Consumers who already have reserved the Nissan LEAF online will be invited to place orders through their dealer for the vehicle in advance of market roll-out timing, allowing time for consumers to select a dealer and assess home charging needs.

In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.

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