California-based Coda Automotive announced this week it plans build an automotive-grade lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Ohio.
Coda, based in Santa Monica, plans to sell 14,000 electric sedans by the end of 2011. Initially, the start-up automaker said it will import batteries from China, where it recently opened a battery manufacturing facility with Tianjin Lishen Battery Joint-Stock Co., according to The Wall Street Journal.
A press release on Coda’s website says will operate the Ohio facility as part of a joint venture with Lishen. The joint venture will be known as Lio Energy Systems.
Coda’s website also says the Ohio-based joint venture “could employ more than 1,000 skilled manufacturing workers initially.”
A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. What’s more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automaker’s future.
A half century ago, cars were still built by people, not robots. Even on some of the country’s longest assembly lines, human workers installed windows, doors, hoods, engines, windshields, and batteries, with no robotic aid.
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