HONOLULU, HI - Electric vehicle and battery maker CODA Automotive said it plans to bring its CODA Sedan to consumer and fleet customers in Hawaii in the third quarter of 2011. 

CODA will begin limited deliveries of the vehicle in the U.S. at the end of this year.

The CODA Sedan is a four-door, five-passenger car, powered by an all-electric drive system that includes a CODA-designed 33.8 kWh lithium-ion battery system.

CODA said its proprietary battery management and thermal management systems keep the battery within a specified temperature range. This enhances safety and durability, and allows for a range of up to 120 miles across all U.S. weather conditions.

"CODA Automotive's all-electric vehicle is another important addition to Hawai'i's efforts to transition to a clean energy economy," said Governor Linda Lingle. "The state of Hawai'i recognizes new electric vehicle technology and the electrification of the transportation sector will play a critical role in helping Hawai'i reduce its dependency on the use of fossil fuels and achieving our 70 percent clean energy goal by 2030."

Under the state's Clean Energy Initiative launched by 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.

"We look forward to bringing relief to the people in the State of Hawai'i who are accustomed to traditionally high gas prices and are confident the CODA Sedan will meet all of their day-to-day driving needs," said Kevin Czinger, president and CEO of CODA Automotive.

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, the company said.

For more information, visit www.codaautomotive.com.