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Coda Cranks Up Battery-Car Sales After California ‘Soft’ Start

Coda Automotive Inc., the electric carmaker whose investors include billionaire Philip Falcone, is boosting production of its namesake sedan and building a 30-dealer network to compete in the rechargeable vehicle market.

The Coda sedan by next year will compete in states including Oregon and Florida with Nissan Motor Co.’s Leaf, Ford Motor Co.’s Focus EV and Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s i-MiEV hatchbacks, Chief Executive Officer Phil Murtaugh said in an interview this week. The Los Angeles-based company, which relies on China for battery cells and some assembly, has delivered 100 cars in California since March, he said.