Coda Automotive has named electric-service franchiser Mr. Electric as its "preferred" installer of electric-vehicle charging stations.

Coda customers will work with Mr. Electric through the Coda dealer to set up appointments for installation as well as completing the local permitting process, Coda said in a statement last week. Mr. Electric has around 200 locations throughout the country. The agreement follows up Coda's decision to make General Electric's WattStation wall-mounted device the automaker's preferred charging station. Mr. Electric is owned by Waco, TX-based Dwyer Group, which also owns service companies such as Aire Serv, Glass Doctor, Mr. Appliance and Mr. Rooter. The company was founded in 1981.

Los Angeles-based Coda delivered Coda Sedan EVs to its first buyers last month. The Sedan, which the EPA has given an 88-mile range, is priced at $37,250. Coda also sells a $39,900 version with slightly more miles hidden in the battery.

*UPDATE: We had the price of the 88-mile version wrong. The higher-mileage, more expensive Sedan has not yet been tested by the EPA and is not yet on sale.
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CODA Automotive Selects Mr. Electric as Preferred EV Charging Station Installation Partner

All-Electric Car Company and Electrical Service Expert Join Forces to Provide a Robust Approach to EV Adoption

LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CODA Automotive, a leading developer of all-electric vehicles, today named electric service and repair company Mr.

Electric as its preferred provider of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installation services. With nearly 20 years of experience in electrical

installation and repair services throughout the U.S. and Canada, Mr. Electric intends to offer complete consultation and installation services of electric vehicle charging stations for CODA Automotive customers. The relationship is the latest progression in the EV company's ample service infrastructure network.

"As the installation of a home charging station is an integral part of the EV adoption process, we want to ensure our customers have a reliable and knowledgeable single contact to make installation a seamless experience," said Thomas Hausch, senior vice president of sales, marketing, and aftersales. "We selected Mr. Electric as our preferred installation partner based on their vast experience in EVSE installations. We look forward to working closely with Mr. Electric and our dealer network to make the process of going electric a reality for CODA drivers."

CODA Automotive customers will work with their dealer to set up a home assessment appointment through Mr. Electric. After the consultation, Mr. Electric can help handle all necessary permits and conduct the installation of the EVSE.

"As more people grab for the EV charger – and not the gas pump – home charging becomes an important part of their daily lives," said Jeff Meyers, president of Mr. Electric. "We are thrilled to work with CODA Automotive, its dealers and customers to bring EV charging to garages throughout California and beyond."

This latest relationship builds on the alliance CODA Automotive has forged with GE Energy's Industrial Solutions business. CODA Automotive identified the GE WattStation(i) Wall Mount as its EV charging station of choice. The WattStation Wall Mount is a fast, easy-to-use Level 2 EV charger that can charge a vehicle in as little as four to eight hours compared to standard overnight charging.

Available at CODA showrooms across California, the 2012 CODA is the first all-electric five-passenger, compact sedan with full rear seating and trunk space that provides a range of up to 125 miles. More information can be found at www.codaautomotive.com.

About CODA Automotive
Headquartered in Los Angeles, CODA Automotive is a privately held company that designs, manufactures and sells all-electric vehicles. The first CODA EV is a zero emission four-door, five-passenger sedan with a full-size trunk that is designed to meet American drivers' daily transportation needs. Its parent company, CODA Holdings, and its other business lines – CODA EV Propulsion Systems and CODA Energy – develop clean technology products to reduce global dependence on fossil fuels and the social, economic and environmental destruction that follows. For more information, visit www.codaautomotive.com.

About Mr. Electric®
Established in 1994, Mr. Electric is a global franchise organization providing electrical installation and repair services. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its "Franchise 500," Mr. Electric franchisees provide these services to both residential and commercial customers at almost 200 locations worldwide. Mr. Electric is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit www.mrelectric.com. ©2011 Mr. Electric Corp.
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