Spark of an idea

Great Wall plugs in to US tech­nol­ogy for joint ven­ture

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deal is a big breakthrough for the Cal­i­for­nia-based tech­nol­ogy com­pany.

It has now forged a part­ner­ship with Great Wall that’s in­tended to pro­duce a plug-in bat­tery ve­hi­cle that’s the cheap­est in the world and priced well be­low ev­ery­thing from the Smart ForTwo ED and $51,500 Nis­san Leaf to the Mit­subishi iMieEV that’s al­ready avail­able in Aus­tralia for $48,800.

There is no con­fir­ma­tion yet of the CODA-Great Wall plugin, but it is planned as a truly global model and a cor­ner­stone of the two com­pa­nies’ fu­ture model plans.

‘‘ We’re thrilled to com­bine the ex­per­tise of Great Wall Mo­tors and CODA to create a so­lu­tion to a global prob­lem to­gether,’’ Great Wall Mo­tors chair­man Wei Jian­jun says.

‘‘ We en­vi­sion a long-term, suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ship with CODA, cre­at­ing in­dus­trylead­ing EVs for our gen­er­a­tion and be­yond.’’

CODA Hold­ings CEO Phil Mur­taugh says: ‘‘ To­gether with its JV part­ner, CODA is work­ing to re­duce de­pen­dence on fos­sil fu­els and lead­ing the way to a cleaner fu­ture through its elec­tric ve­hi­cles and sta­tion­ary en­ergy stor­age prod­ucts. We’re ex­cited to work with Great Wall Mo­tors to de­velop the sec­ond prod­uct in CODA’s port­fo­lio, to bring an­other so­lu­tion to a global prob­lem and to­gether make high-qual­ity clean tech­nol­ogy ac­ces­si­ble.

‘‘ Ul­ti­mately, this will en­able driv­ers world­wide to go elec­tric af­ford­ably and sup­port our mis­sion of put­ting an EV in ev­ery­one’s garage.’’ De­spite the big talk, CODA Hold­ings has so far failed to ex­cite much in­ter­est in its plain-James EV, de­spite the grow­ing fol­low­ing for Tesla cars in the US off the back of its Lo­tus Elise-based sports car and the all-new Model S.

Tesla prom­ises it will build 5000 of the Model S, which it de­scribes as ‘‘ the world’s first pre­mium elec­tric sedan’’ be­fore the end of this year and 20,000 through 2013.

‘‘ In 2009, we set out to build the most in­no­va­tive car of the 21st cen­tury, and since then have ded­i­cated our­selves to de­vel­op­ing and test­ing Model S to en­sure that un­der any sit­u­a­tion, Model S never dis­ap­points,’’ Tesla Mo­tors CEO Elon Musk says.

Bright Spark: CODA has

al­ready built a ba­sic elec­tric sedan. The joint

ven­ture ve­hi­cle with Great Wall is ex­pected to sell for less than $15,000

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