Posts Tagged ‘delay’

(What If Solyndra Built Cars…) Is CODA Automotive Really an “All-American, All-Electric Car Company?”

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Well, here’s the latest on that horrible electric car company what says it will soon be importing electric cars from one part of China and batteries from another part of China and slapping them together in Benicia, way out in the North Bay.

From former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass:

“Just toured @CODAautomotive with @k4Beanum, 1 of LA’s fastest growing firms–Building green cars and jobs! http://pic.twitter.com/SQYtvByz

See?

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I don’t think she has any idea about what a horrible product it is that CODA is “producing.” I don’t think  she knows where CODA is producing it.

And, now let’s hear from CODA itself – I just don’t know where the All-American part comes from.

Oh well…

Sorry Fast Company: The “New,” All-Electric, CODA Automotive Sedan, Direct From China, is NOT a “Luxury Car”

Friday, September 9th, 2011

[UPDATE: Wired (Magazine, website?) weighs in here with words like "econobox" and "Honda Civic" and "practical EV."]

Ariel Schwartz of Fast Company (Magazine, website, something or other) offers this today:

“Luxury electric car maker @CODAautomotive showcases its EV in a shiny mall store: http://bit.ly/ot8Elq ”

But the problem with that is that what CODA makes ain’t luxury cars.

Leaving aside the issue of which companies actually make the parts what make up the electric vehicles that CODA says they will soon be selling (and people have been saying that this car would go on sale at the end of 2008, 2009, 2010, and now apparently, 2011), the CODA Sedan is in no way, shape, or form a luxury car.

Basically, the CODA Sedan is a gussied-up Mitsubishi Carisma from 15 years ago. The concept at the time was to have a big trunk at the expense of having less room in the back seat. It didn’t work out. Tooling was sent to China and a second-tier “regional” carmaker offered it for something like $9000 with a gasoline engine.

Now, for some reason, taking out the most expensive part, the engine (along with the fuel tank and whatnot) and putting in a battery and a tiny electric motor jacks up the price to $45K.

For some reason.

Of course, you could start with your sister’s Honda Civic from the 1990′s and, you know, Pimp My Ride or something, but the result wouldn’t be what you could call a luxury car, I don’t think. In some ways, the CODA would be better, but in some ways the Honda would be better, IMO.

Oh, let’s travel down memory lane. (Do all these links still work?)

“The NYT’s Jim Motavalli has some news about California’s very own electric car company today:

Coda Automotive is a start-up company that will deliver its first $44,900 electric cars to customers in its home state of California “in three to four months,” said its president and chief executive, Kevin Czinger.”

What that means is that, once again, an electric car company is letting you down, ’cause deliveries were just recently promised for the “fourth quarter of 2010.” (Seems as if promises from any kind of car company aren’t really worth that much these days.)

Now, back in the day, in 2007, the electric car we were going to get from China was called the Javlon XS500. It was suppose to come in 2008. It didn’t. Check it:

Miles Automotive on the $30,000 Javlon XS500 all-electric sedan

Then, in 2008, we were promised the Miles XS500. That was going to come in 2009. It didn’t. Check it:

Miles XS500 will be a lot more expensive than planned, maybe

Then, in 2009, we were promised the Coda Automotive Sedan. That was going to come in 2010. It didn’t. Check it:

Coda Automotive Unveils New Mainstream All-Electric Sedan

So, based upon the statement written on the NYT website, I guess it’ll be 2011 before the “final assembly” plant in Benicia, CA starts rolling out product. [Oh, this didn't end up happening, IRL]

(Perhaps it’s easier to badmouth Nissan than fulfill promises? Sure looks that way…)

In other news, Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing and Distribution, Michael A. Jackson has left the building. Mmmmm….

And hey, remember Webvan, that slow-motion car crash of a dotcom company, you know, the one that made a big splash and then soon after went belly up, the one that was brought to you by, among others, Kevin Czinger and Goldman Sachs?

Well, KC and GS are back again with Coda Automotive.” 

And hey, just for fun, compare this last from last year to Solyndra‘s investors and board of directors / advisors. Mmmmm…

Keep chasing those rainbows, CODA!

CODA’s investors include:

  • Aeris CAPITAL – a private Swiss investment office
  • Harbinger Capital Partners – private hedge fund based in New York City, New York.
  • Riverstone Holdings – a private equity firm based in New York City, New York.
  • Piper Jaffray – a U.S. middle-market investment banking firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Angeleno Group – a Los Angeles based private equity firm
  • EDB Investments (EDBI) – an investment firm headquartered in Singapore
  • Countyline LLC – an investment entity owned by Tony Pritzker and J.B. Pritzker
  • Miles L. Rubin – Founder and Chairman Emeritus of CODA Automotive; former CEO of Detroit Iron & Steel Industries, Reliance Manufacturing, Puritan Fashions Corp. and Polo Ralph Lauren Jeanswear
  • Steven “Mac” Heller – Executive Chairman of CODA Automotive; former Goldman Sachs Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Worldwide and Co-Head of the Investment Banking Division
  • Tom Steyer – Managing Director of Hellman & Friedman, a San Francisco private equity firm; Founder, Co-Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Farallon Capital; member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University
  • Les Wexner – Chairman and CEO of Limited Brands
  • Henry “Hank” Paulson – former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, former Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs and special representative of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue
  • Mack McLarty – (Thomas “Mack” McLarty) Former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton, President of McLarty Associates and McLarty Companies, a transportation business based in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Kevin Czinger – Senior Strategic Advisor, CODA Automotive; Former President and CEO at CODA Automotive, executive at Global Signal, Webvan Group, Bertelsmann AG, and Goldman Sachs

Board of Directors

  • Miles L. Rubin – Founder and Chairman Emeritus, CODA Automotive; former CEO of Detroit Iron & Steel Industries, Reliance Manufacturing, Puritan Fashions Corp. and Polo Ralph Lauren Jeanswear
  • Steven “Mac” Heller – Executive Chairman, CODA Automotive; former Goldman Sachs Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Worldwide and Co-Head of the Investment Banking Division
  • Alan Chesick – Acting Legal Advisor of CODA Automotive, former general counsel of Fortress Investment Group
  • Daniel Weiss – Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Angeleno Group LLC, a leading Los Angeles-based private equity firm focused on high growth investments in the energy sector
  • John Bryson – Former Chairman, CEO and President of Edison International from 1990 through 2008, a director at The Boeing Company, The Walt Disney Company, and the California Institute of Technology
  • Niall Davis – One of ten founding partners of Swiss aeris CAPITAL AG, a large global private equity firm
  • Philip Murtaugh – CEO, CODA Automotive; former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GM China, EVP International Operations of SAIC
  • James P. McGinnis – Managing Director, Harbinger Capital Partners
  • Lord John Browne – Managing Director and Managing Partner of Riverstone Holdings LLC, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Chair of the Tate, Member of the House of Lords}}

Board of Advisors

  • Mack McLarty – (Thomas “Mack” McLarty) Former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton, President of McLarty Associates and McLarty Companies, a transportation business based in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Dr. Thomas Cardello – Partner of Sunrise Capital, an institutional fund manager, Advisory Director and former MD of Global Electronic Derivative Market making for Morgan Stanley
  • Dr. Michael Wang – Manager of the Systems Assessment Section of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne Labs, serves as a senior advisor to the Chinese government on new vehicle technology and alternative energy production
  • Henry “Hank” Paulson – former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, former Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs and special representative of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue
  • Thomas F. Steyer – Managing Director of Hellman & Friedman, a San Francisco private equity firm; Founder, Co-Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Farallon Capital; member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University
  • Woo C. Lee – Head of Asia for the advisory firm JL Thornton & Company, formerly a U.S. diplomat at American embassies in China, Japan, Australia and Southeast Asia
  • Thomas R. McDaniel – Director of SunPower Corp., SemGroup, LP, Cypress Envirosystems, and the Senior Care Action Network and Formerly executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Edison International
  • Kevin Czinger – Senior Strategic Advisor, CODA Automotive; Former President and CEO at CODA Automotive, executive at Global Signal, Webvan Group, Bertelsmann AG, and Goldman Sachs”

All Electric Cars Suck (Except the Nissan Leaf): #2 – Talking With Coda Automotive About “Range Anxiety”

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Let’s imagine a convo with Aaron Cohen, Director of Marketing Strategy over at the latest iteration of Coda Automotive, that company what promised to build an electric car assembly plant in the Bay Area City of Benicia last year.

Aaron Cohen: “You have “range anxiety” about driving an electric car and then running out of juice someplace. You so crazy! I’m diagnosing your mental dysfunction free of charge, you’re welcome.”

Wedding Guest: Uh, isn’t range a problem with your product. Isn’t that a real-life concern? Isn’t $45k a tad expensive for what’s basically an electrified 1990′s-era econocar?

Aaron Cohen: ”I see. I guess I’ve been misleading everybody. It’s sort of my job though. I’m proselytizing EV’s, you know?”

Wedding Guest: Well the problem is that the Sedan model that your employer may eventually offer for sale in CA sucks big-time. And it costs waaaaay too much money for what it is.

Aaron Cohen: “You’re forgetting about the tax incentives, like…”

Wedding Guest: I’ll stop you right there. Didn’t the Chinese market reject this car six years ago back when it was a retreaded Mitsubishi four-cylinder gas-engine vehicle selling for something like $9000-something? And didn’t the Euros reject this car back in the 1990′s when it was known as a Mitsubishi Carisma? And doesn’t the huge trunk come at the expense of rear seat passenger room? Now, I know that experts have come in to help you all electrify the thing, but why didn’t you start with a modern vehicle?

Aaron Cohen: “Gee, I’m kind of new here and Wikipedia doesn’t mention any of this stuff .”

Wedding Guest: Well, there you go. Wiki tends to forget about things that determined people are determined to make Wiki forget about. Oh well. Now, whatever you do, don’t badmouth the Nissan Leaf the way soooooo many other people from Coda have done before you. You’re trying to market one of the worst vehicles available (or soon-to-be-available, see below) in the American marketplace, just so you know.

Aaron Cohen: “Gee, now that I know all that, I come off kind of patronizing, huh?”

Wedding Guest: A little, sport. Just a little. Your electrified ride was supposed to come out in 2008, back in the day. Now it’s over budget and behind schedule. Coda Automotive doesn’t know what it’s doing and its dithering is taking up too much time and money from the govmint – why don’t you address one or both of those issues post-haste, Coda? All right, Aaron, Go Forth and Sin No More.

Wow, that was a piece of cake. Too bad real life isn’t that easy…

Now, let’s close with the sperpective of some wag from last year. (I’ll tell you, I can’t begin to tell you all the problems that Coda Automotive has. Oh well.)

“The NYT’s Jim Motavalli has some news about California’s very own electric car company today:

Coda Automotive is a start-up company that will deliver its first $44,900 electric cars to customers in its home state of California “in three to four months,” said its president and chief executive, Kevin Czinger.”

What that means is that, once again, an electric car company is letting you down, ’cause deliveries were just recently promised for the “fourth quarter of 2010.” (Seems as if promises from any kind of car company aren’t really worth that much these days.)

Now, back in the day, just three years ago, the electric car we were going to get from China was called the Javlon XS500. It was suppose to come in 2008. It didn’t. Check it:

Miles Automotive on the $30,000 Javlon XS500 all-electric sedan

Then, in 2008, we were promised the Miles XS500. That was going to come in 2009. It didn’t. Check it:

Miles XS500 will be a lot more expensive than planned, maybe

Then, in 2009, we were promised the Coda Automotive Sedan. That was going to come in 2010. It hasn’t so far. Check it:

Coda Automotive Unveils New Mainstream All-Electric Sedan

So, based upon the statement written on the NYT website, I guess it’ll be 2011 before the “final assembly” plant in Benicia, CA starts rolling out product.

(Perhaps it’s easier to badmouth Nissan than fulfill promises? Sure looks that way…)

In other news, Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing and Distribution, Michael A. Jackson has left the building. Mmmmm….

And hey, remember Webvan, that slow-motion car crash of a dotcom company, you know, the one that made a big splash and then soon after went belly up, the one that was brought to you by, among others, Kevin Czinger and Goldman Sachs?

Well, KC and GS are back again with Coda Automotive.

Let’s see how they do this go-around…”

Coda Automotive DeathWatch, Day 143: It’s Official, There’ll be No Electric Car Factory Running in the East Bay This Year

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Remember back in the day, way back when our MSM was fawning over Coda Automotive, talking about when Benicia was going to get its very own electric car factory or final assembly plant or whatever?

Well that didn’t quite work, so that one’s down the Mem’ry Hole, never ever to be discussed never ever again.

So the new idea is for CODA to build its Chinese electric car, wait for it, in China!

Can you imagine how inefficient that will be, you know, taking the Made in China battery and putting it in the engineless, Made-in China “glider”* actually in China? But who knows, that idea is just crazy enough to work!

But wait a second, isn’t the Coda Sedan basically a primitively-electrified version of the failed 1990′s-era and never-really-updated Euro-market Mitsubishi Carisma? And wasn’t this very same design rejected by the Chinese market when it sold for $9000-something as a gas-powered car in the mid-2000′s?

Isn’t the Coda Sedan just a big $45,000 electric POS?

Bingo!

But somehow, these cars

…will be sold at an “unbelievable value,” Chief Executive Officer Philip Murtaugh said at a briefing in Beijing today.”

Uh, no.

And try this one on for size: “We won’t be perfect but we will certainly be class-leading.”

Uh, yes on the not perfect part, but no on the class-leading part.

(What’s that? I forgot about Tesla?

Nope!)

(What’s that I forgot about Xap! or what have you?

Nope!)

Hey, is Coda Too Big To Fail already? Take a look below and then You Make The Call.

TTFN.

CODA’s investors include:

  • Aeris CAPITAL – a private Swiss investment office
  • Harbinger Capital Partners – private hedge fund based in New York City, New York.
  • Riverstone Holdings – a private equity firm based in New York City, New York.
  • Piper Jaffray – a U.S. middle-market investment banking firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Angeleno Group – a Los Angeles based private equity firm
  • EDB Investments (EDBI) – an investment firm headquartered in Singapore
  • Countyline LLC – an investment entity owned by Tony Pritzker and J.B. Pritzker
  • Miles L. Rubin – Founder and Chairman Emeritus of CODA Automotive; former CEO of Detroit Iron & Steel Industries, Reliance Manufacturing, Puritan Fashions Corp. and Polo Ralph Lauren Jeanswear
  • Steven “Mac” Heller – Executive Chairman of CODA Automotive; former Goldman Sachs Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Worldwide and Co-Head of the Investment Banking Division
  • Tom Steyer – Managing Director of Hellman & Friedman, a San Francisco private equity firm; Founder, Co-Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Farallon Capital; member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University
  • Les Wexner – Chairman and CEO of Limited Brands
  • Henry “Hank” Paulson – former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, former Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs and special representative of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue
  • Mack McLarty – (Thomas “Mack” McLarty) Former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton, President of McLarty Associates and McLarty Companies, a transportation business based in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Kevin Czinger – Senior Strategic Advisor, CODA Automotive; Former President and CEO at CODA Automotive, executive at Global Signal, Webvan Group, Bertelsmann AG, and Goldman Sachs

Board of Directors

  • Miles L. Rubin – Founder and Chairman Emeritus, CODA Automotive; former CEO of Detroit Iron & Steel Industries, Reliance Manufacturing, Puritan Fashions Corp. and Polo Ralph Lauren Jeanswear
  • Steven “Mac” Heller – Executive Chairman, CODA Automotive; former Goldman Sachs Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Worldwide and Co-Head of the Investment Banking Division
  • Alan Chesick – Acting Legal Advisor of CODA Automotive, former general counsel of Fortress Investment Group
  • Daniel Weiss – Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Angeleno Group LLC, a leading Los Angeles-based private equity firm focused on high growth investments in the energy sector
  • John Bryson – Former Chairman, CEO and President of Edison International from 1990 through 2008, a director at The Boeing Company, The Walt Disney Company, and the California Institute of Technology
  • Niall Davis – One of ten founding partners of Swiss aeris CAPITAL AG, a large global private equity firm
  • Philip Murtaugh – CEO, CODA Automotive; former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GM China, EVP International Operations of SAIC
  • James P. McGinnis – Managing Director, Harbinger Capital Partners
  • Lord John Browne – Managing Director and Managing Partner of Riverstone Holdings LLC, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Chair of the Tate, Member of the House of Lords}}

Board of Advisors

  • Mack McLarty – (Thomas “Mack” McLarty) Former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton, President of McLarty Associates and McLarty Companies, a transportation business based in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Dr. Thomas Cardello – Partner of Sunrise Capital, an institutional fund manager, Advisory Director and former MD of Global Electronic Derivative Market making for Morgan Stanley
  • Dr. Michael Wang – Manager of the Systems Assessment Section of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne Labs, serves as a senior advisor to the Chinese government on new vehicle technology and alternative energy production
  • Henry “Hank” Paulson – former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, former Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs and special representative of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue
  • Thomas F. Steyer – Managing Director of Hellman & Friedman, a San Francisco private equity firm; Founder, Co-Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Farallon Capital; member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University
  • Woo C. Lee – Head of Asia for the advisory firm JL Thornton & Company, formerly a U.S. diplomat at American embassies in China, Japan, Australia and Southeast Asia
  • Thomas R. McDaniel – Director of SunPower Corp., SemGroup, LP, Cypress Envirosystems, and the Senior Care Action Network and Formerly executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Edison International
  • Kevin Czinger – Senior Strategic Advisor, CODA Automotive; Former President and CEO at CODA Automotive, executive at Global Signal, Webvan Group, Bertelsmann AG, and Goldman Sachs

*Basically, everything but the powertrain and battery

Family Portrait: Old Bridge, Old Bridge, New Bridge – America Still Laughing at Us – “Mike (Still) Sucks Big Titties”

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Let’s see here, can you spot the PG&E Tower of our Golden Gate Bridge in the lower left? Good, now check out vertical elements of our old and new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridges.

Not much has changed with the poorly-managed 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake-related fix-up job that’s due to finish up sometime this decade, so there’s no reason to think that America isn’t still laughing at us.

Of course you should try to not to stare at the new ornamental tower when you are cruising by on the temporary S-curve. Safety First, right? Anyway, it’s a little higher now. See?

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And, of course, Mike still sucks big titties.

That’s your Bay Bridge update for 2011.

Finally! Just What San Francisco Needs, More Room for Boxing: Boxing Room on Grove Almost Ready

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Gee, how many Carole Migden fundraisers was I at at the former Standard Shirts Factory at 399 Grove back in the day? Lots and lots. But those days are history – it’s now the era of already four-star-rated Upscale Cajun in the Hayes Valley. Yes, (the) BOXING ROOM is opening soon (and no Fighting Trousers will be necessary.)

Chef Justin Simoneaux has had a few delays getting going but that’s what you call par for the course in our bureaucratic 415, right?

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Bon Courage, Boxing Room!

All the deets, so far:

After missing the first couple for various reasons, I’ve finally made it to the third preview dinner. Looks like the old Citizen Cake space is still being worked on so the opening of the space is not till the spring. Not since the opening of the Moss Room have I tasted Chef Jusin Simoneaux’s cuisine, though back then it was structured under Loretta Keller’s influence. Now, he’s free to express his heritage. Items had:

-Boxing Room’s House Salad w/spiced pecans, apples, creole cream cheese
-Louisiana Seafood Gumbo w/brown rice, house made tasso
-Roasted Golden Trout w/brussels sprout, sweet potato, cipolinni onions
-Southern Fried Chicken w/black eye peas, collard greens, smoked ham hock
-Lemon Ice Box Pie
-Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

Everything was hearty and solidly delicious. Im definitely looking forward to a full menu when the space officially launches. The Chef came out to where we were sitting and said hi, and looked to be in good spirits even though they did about 200 covers this night. Staff had tried everything and were upbeat about the food, and took good care of us. Definitely looking forward to the official opening.”

Pick Your Litmus Test: The Next SFPD Police Chief Will Be Non-Male? Non-White? Gaysexual? And What About Tasers?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I’m thinking, gee there aren’t a whole bunch of women at the reins of power in San Francisco these days, right? Let’s see here, the prospects of having a female Mayor, Board of Supervisors President, City Attorney, District Attorney, Public Defender, Assessor-Recorder, or Treasurer anytime soon would appear remote.

So, yes, we have a woman fire chief, but even so, there’ll be a lot of pressure to find candidates of the female persuasion for SFPD Chief, wouldn’t you think?

So let’s say that candidate is you. The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out is what you’re going to do about the TASER issue. If, as is the case with former* Chief George Gascon, you’re a firm believer in the TASER then you should get that info to the deciders ASAP. Say something like, “Forget about me if you won’t let me start up a well-run TASER program ASAP, with or without community input.”

That would be a bold move, huh? But otherwise, you’re not going to get any kind of TASER program during your term.

Stay tuned below, for a TASER program ranking.

Yes this is a TASER in SF, but it’s on the holster of a CHP officer:

So, a ranking of Taser programs, from worst to first:

3. A half-assed program, the kind run by BART

2. No program at all.

1. A well-run program, the kind that the SFPD would most likely have.

Has the lack of an SFPD TASER program resulted in a few deaths the past year? It would so appear.

*So far, assuming his appointment to District Attorney holds….

Coda Automotive DeathWatch, Day 33: CEO Fired, or Did He Quit? And Whither That “Final Assembly Plant” in Benicia?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

I’ll tell you, the only reason why I started up the Coda Automotive DeathWatch®* is because the final assembly plant for these electric car was / is going to be in the bay area. Check it:

Coda Automotive, based in Southern California, may soon start assembling in Benicia a plug-in sedan that the company plans to start selling this year. Coda is negotiating with Amports, which runs an auto-processing plant there, to do the work.”

Now, I’ll nitpick by noting that that place in Benicia will be / was supposed to be merely a “final assembly plant,” where the made-in-China “glider” (basically the whole entire car save for the battery and motor and associated electrical bits) would receive its made-someplace-else-in-China battery. You can’t really call it an automotive “assembly plant,” IMO.

Anyway, here’s the news, the CEO is gonepoof! Check it:

“Just three days after Michael Jackson, Coda Automotive‘s senior vice president of global sales, marketing and distribution , resigned to start his own company, the company’s CEO, Kevin Czinger, is also stepping down from his position. While we could only speculate as to the reason for his departure from the Coda limelight, top executive’s don’t typically bow out at a critical time in a company’s development because things are going swimmingly. Indeed, if we were to guess whether or not some vehicles would reach customers by the end of the year as had been planned, we would say, not. Last we heard the company hadn’t yet closed a deal with Amports for final assembly in Benicia, CA.”

So, last month’s problem for CODA was the issue with getting taxpayer money to pay for a battery factory in Ohio (seeing as how part (all? most?) of the factory would be Chinese-owned), and this month’s problems are the loss of the famous CEO, the face of the company and the fact that, once again, there’s another another delay to the start of production (like another six months? Who knows…)

The CODA’s are coming, the CODA’s are coming! (Maybe.)

(Did you know that the average Chinese college senior has no fracking idea what this above image is all about? So, take off the inflammatory Coda car images and hand this photo of Tank Man to students at the highest-level universities in China, and then they’ll just stare it mouths agape having no idea what it is. Isn’t that sad?)

Anyway, instead of an old white guy who doesn’t know Jack about the car industry but with a law degree from Harvard and an extensive background at Goldman Sachs running things at CODA, we now have:

a different old white guy who doesn’t know Jack about the car industry but with a law degree from Harvard and an extensive background at Goldman Sachs running things at CODA.

How’s that for diversity, girlfriends?

But don’t get these twins mixed up or anything, turns out that they’re totally different! Or at least that’s party line, Comrade:

The skills that are called for to get the company to that point are frequently different from the skills that are necessary to move the company forward after that point.”

(All this fussing and feuding is redolent of Tesla Motors, non?)

I forget why we’re subsidizing these POS companies, actually.

In other news:

-Turns out that the GM Volt is not an electric car. It’s not, it’s a plug-in hybrid. You can’t mention El Volto in the same sentence as the Nissan Leaf. Please make a note of this.

-The Nissan Leaf is a coming to town starting Saturday, November 20th, 2010. It’s a real electric car but it’s not made by Coda Automotive so that’s why Coda says it sucks and it’s not made by Tesla Motors, so that’s why people from Tesla say it sucks. But you can test drive Leafs / Leaves soon, so why not? And you can do it at Moscone Center as late as 9:30 PM so bring a date on Saturday.

-Every CEO from every electric car company feels it’s his/her obligation, not just a right, but an obligation to lie to you. If they didn’t lie to you, then they’d get replaced one way or another. Please make a note of this as well.

Anyway, I don’t care, put down 500 clams on a Coda, I won’t cry. Maybe you’ll get it next year, maybe not.

Choose wisely.

*Just kidding about the ® thing. It’s fun to type though – just try holding down Alt key and typing 0174. ®®®®®®®®®®®®®®®®®®!!!

Despite the Rain, the Show Goes On at the Haight and Ashbury Ben and Jerry’s – Phish Bassist Mike Gordon Plays

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

There still should be free ice cream at 2:15 PM or whenever the short set ends, though.

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Actually, I’m surprised the NIMBYs didn’t try to kill this one:

Next stop, the Independent….

Coda Automotive DeathWatch, Day 5: Informed Vs. Uninformed Journalistic Coverage – A Case Study

Monday, October 18th, 2010

First up is San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer David R. Baker with:

Coda steers toward Benicia to build electric car

It’s perfectly fine.

This sedan was supposed to arrive in 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011. Oh well:

But check out this one from last week from Keith Schneider”

Talk of Tianjin Climate Conference: China and U.S. Are Electrifying The Car

Uh oh. Here’s an error sampler, covering just three sentences.

“The Coda’s drive train* and electric engine* are American* designs built* in factories* in the U.S. The car’s safety systems were engineered by American and European experts and will be built by American** companies. And a Chinese auto manufacturer will receive all*** of the various parts and assemble them under contract into new cars for shipment to the U.S.”

Oh well…

And Mr Czinger? Your baggage has arrived, where should we put it? Oh, inside the door marked “Denial?” Will do.

“You have to get pretty deep into the story before the real truth comes out: this thing is mostly made in China, the “trading partner” that gave us toxic drywall, deadly dog food, and tainted toothpaste. The Chinese also produced poisoned baby formula and schools that collapsed during an earthquake, killing thousands. Would you really want a Chinese car?”
 
Uh oh.
  
Oh well…
 
*[Sic] Reveals writer’s ignorance. Let’s see here, archaic phrase used by the Man from Mars, you can call a engine a motor but not the other way ’round, this car is not an American design, and factories, what? 

**The extra 200 pounds of metal bracing added to each glider so that this aging design can score better in crash tests – that’s going to be built by American companies in China?

***How wrong could you be? Who told you this - are you just guessing at everything?