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First Coda All Electric Car Rolls Out of Amports Benicia Facility

The car will be delivered to the customer late this week.

After the introduction of a new all electric vehicle, Coda Automotive rolled the first car for the U.S. market out of the final assembly shop at the Amports facility in Benicia.

With numerous dignitaries watching the car was driven out of the assembly area by a Coda employee.  It will be delivered to the Coda Silicon Valley dealership this week and the final owner is expected to pick up the car Friday.

Thomas Hausch, a senior vice president for Coda said about 700 cars have been reserved so far and that the firm has yet to do any advertising.  “This is one of the first events we are making public,” said Hausch.

Coda of Silicon Valley is the first of five dealerships planned for the Bay Area and according to Hausch Benicia is still in the running for on e of the dealerships. 

Asked if Benicia would get one of the dealerships, Hausch was non-committal. “It’s still a possibility,” he said.  “We’ve identified five market areas in the Bay Area and one of them is definitely in the Benicia area but a final decision hasn’t been made yet.”

This car is zero emissions,” said Mac Heller, executive chairman of CODA Holdings.  “”I can’t talk about tailpipe emissions because this car doesn’t have a tailpipe.”

Among those on hand for the roll out of the first Coda vehicle was Benicia Economic Development Board member Ron Myska who owns All Points Petroleum, a distributor of petroleum products like gasoline and diesel fuel.  Myska isn’t worried about how electric cars will affect his business.

“We come in with a little different perspective,” said Myska.  “It’s a different kind of sale.  We can sell propylene glycols-environmentally friendly coolants- and gear oil for the electric cars.”

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T. Gunter March 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Then if you don't mind, I'll do it for you. Thanks,
Karl Voigt March 15, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Actually the most interesting "breakdown" in JB's recommendation is to be found in a little tiny link to another sf citizen article about Coda. It's about half way down the page in the right hand column across from the paragraph that begins , "Killing,kill, blood" .
Karl Voigt March 15, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Hey kids, Woops, sf citizen changed the link since yesterday. You have to go to the bottom of the JB's link page and click "categories" then "cars" to get the newer Coda article. It's worth the trouble. It's actually pretty funny in terms of debunking BS.
Karl Voigt March 15, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Hey kids, A further update. sfcitizen.com has not one but two follow up articles after the one JB cites back in Dec. On both March 7th and March 14, Articles were published which are total smack downs of Coda and the folks behind this vehicle. Hank Paulson is a guy to be trusted ????? He's a champion of Green ?????
Robert Livesay March 15, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Karl you have done agreat service to the readers. You presented facts as they are know. T and the Enviro Greenie followers are a havig a big problem with your and JB presentation on this Coda tin can. One of the big things the Enviro Greenies should understand is the American tax payers money that is being waisted. $10,000 credits state and federal. A pending government loan. Worst yet this battery company will end up being funded by tax payers and owned by the Chinese. The only interest that China has in this is to access to the American market and steal ideas and then go back to China and mfg. them and sell them to us. Just where have you folks been for 70 years. You just have never caught on. It is now time that you do and just forget this tin can. I know what happens when you give specs to the asian market mfg. They become in charge not us. Not good at all. Tell them how to make a product and before you know it we are b uying their brand. Now that sounds all lovey dovey until our mfg. no longer are in business. America should be the driving force and the other countries should be buying our products. Lets get back to what made this country great. I do understand progress and sharing but not at our own citizens expense.
Old Dog March 15, 2012 at 05:46 PM
T - where are the secret meetings for the Enviro Greenies? I want to join - Even if it all goes straight to my waist. - dog
T. Gunter March 15, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Old Dog, Come check out my band "T and the Enviro Greenies. We are one of the premier Progressive/Eletro/Bluegrass acts going in the Bay Area right now. Not to be missed. You can find us on Facebook, Sound Cloud and MySpace. We have several dates lined up at the Relik over the next several month. See you there.
Robert Livesay March 15, 2012 at 08:00 PM
T I will ask Tom and Delando when you will be playing. I would not want to miss any progressive music. Or better yet T tell us all when you are playing. I am sure you will pack the place withy water drinkers or no drinkers at all.
Robert Livesay March 15, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Old Dog using my term "Enviro Greenie" means you have or are willing to pay the fee for using it. I do get a very large compensation when others use my term "Enviro Greenie". Thank you very much for supporting me.
Bev March 15, 2012 at 08:56 PM
That seems kind of rude.
Robert Livesay March 15, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Bev it was not meant to be to Rude. Just a couple of folks having a little fun. I do not mean to disrespect anyones comments. Just do not always agree with them. A little humor never is bad for anyone. So laugh a little. Or better yes follow what my now departed good friend Strother Martin said.
Bev March 15, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Thank you, no.
Robert Livesay March 15, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Talk about rude and uptight. You top the list Bev. How come you hide your last name?
Bev March 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Tirate a un poso.
John Headley March 16, 2012 at 04:42 AM
My dearest hard working red-blooded American't Robert Livesay. Although I do enjoy you patting yourself on the back, could you please relax on the kudos for your self glossed "my term" Enviro Greenies? Thanks. Yours truly, You can't BS a BS'r
T. Gunter March 16, 2012 at 05:21 AM
The fact of the matter is, that my band "T & the Enviro Greenies" has been around for nearly five years. Livesay most certainly glommed it from us. I assume that he might of caught us at Reggae on the River or some other 420-Fueled festival. You know old Bob has a weakness for the kind.
Robert Livesay March 16, 2012 at 07:04 AM
Smedley I pay no attention to you. I have never relaxed. Now T I Ikind of like his light hearted humor. I do not believe he is not in the attack mood. Smeadley take notice.
Robert Livesay March 16, 2012 at 07:09 AM
sorry shoulodhave said I* do not believe T is in the attack mode..
RidinLow March 16, 2012 at 07:40 AM
What the *Kind* ??? if I were a young impressionable person I might think? IDK? are you referring to REEFER OMG
JB Davis (Editor) March 16, 2012 at 08:22 AM
Karl, Can you provide the links to those articles. I'd like to read them. Thanks
JB Davis (Editor) March 16, 2012 at 08:22 AM
I want to report on them.
Robert Livesay March 16, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Now T you know better than that. RidinLow just what are you talking about? I may have ran some letters together. For that RidinLow I am sorry. Please forgive me. T I will check with council on your use of my term.
Robert Livesay March 16, 2012 at 03:54 PM
JB you have been to enough council meetings. You have had every chance to report on them. You choose not to.
Old Dog March 16, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Hey Sport Fans - It's Friday Morning - Time for a little drinky-poo or three and making stupid posts.
Robert Livesay March 16, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Speak for yourself Old Dog. I choose to wait till after 4:oo PM. Come joint me. Maybe T can bring his band along or at least a CD. I sure hope you guys are having as much fun with this as I am.
Karl Voigt March 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM
JB, I just told you above they are in the SFCITIZEN.COM. Go to their search plug in "car", "electric cars", "Henry Paulson" etc. or use the dates March 7th, March 9th, March 14th.
RidinLow March 16, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Robert L, I was just kidding around, no worries, no forgiveness necessary
John Headley March 17, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Oh, that kind of greenies. Why didn't you say so. B. Langston and I will be @ the bottom of the fifth with a few tight ones if you guys are interested.
Robert Livesay March 17, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Not bad Smeadley.
T. Gunter March 17, 2012 at 05:51 AM
J&B - Getting irie at the BOT5!

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