Electric car maker Coda Automotive to open showroom in mall

The Santa Monica auto and electric battery company has signed a lease to open a 900-square-foot store at the shopping center. Visitors will be able to kick the tires on its $44,900 electric compact sedan, learn about the vehicle and test drive one housed in a pavilion in the parking lot.

“It is a great opportunity and is a relatively low-cost market approach,” said Phil Murtaugh, Coda’s chief executive.

Coda says its all-electric sedan will have a 120-mile range and a top speed of 80 mph. The cars are built on a chassis manufactured in China and based on a design licensed from Mitsubishi Motors Corp. but greatly modified by Coda, which has designed the battery pack and drive train for the vehicle.

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