Issue: Feb 2010


Buehler Motor, Inc., to Supply Auxiliary Water Pumps for 2010 CODA Automotive Electric Sedan



Buehler Contracts with Calif.-based, All-electric Automaker and Expands Its Hybrid and Electric Automotive Focus

by Rob White

Buehler Motor, Inc., a leading international provider of mechatronic drive and pump solutions with a specialty in the hybrid and electric automotive industry, announced its partnership with CODA Automotive to provide customized auxiliary water pumps for the upcoming all-electric, four -passenger sedan scheduled for introduction in California in late 2010. This announcement follows previously announced partnership with GM to provide pump solutions for the Chevy Volt.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., CODA Automotive is an all-electric car and battery company. The company designs, brands, markets and distributes electric vehicles utilizing a strategy that allows CODA Automotive to develop vehicles rapidly in a flexible manner, avoiding the traditionally capital-intensive nature of the automobile business.

"The CODA sedan and other hybrid-electric vehicles like it represent the future of the automotive industry," said Bob Riedford, president and general manager of Buehler Motor, Inc. "We are proud to offer our engineering expertise and resources to support the accelerated development of CODA's first all-electric car, and help jump start the electric car movement to address today's energy and environmental challenges."

Buehler Motor will provide custom 50W auxiliary water pumps that will provide coolant circulation in several vehicle drive train subsystems and related design support. Production of the Buehler water pump has already commenced in Buehler's German manufacturing facilities. Additional contract details were not released.

"Buehler Motor's history of providing quality drive and pump solutions for environmentally-friendly products and vehicles made them an ideal partner for CODA," said Kevin Czinger, president and CEO, CODA Automotive. "By leveraging partnerships with Buehler and other key suppliers, CODA is helping to accelerate the electric car movement. The CODA car will be on California roads in late 2010."

Buehler Motor, Inc., and its parent, Buehler Motor GmbH, have been providing automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers with customized mechatronic drive technology since 1969. A partial past and present client list includes Audi, Continental, GM, Hella, Johnson Controls, Lear, Magna, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.

About Buehler Motor

Buehler Motor is an independent, globally active company focused on the development, production and marketing of technically challenging mechatronic drive solutions for the world's leading manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, business automation, medical device and other industries. Driven by innovation, Buehler Motor offers comprehensive in-house research and development with more than 120 engineers and 1,200 qualified employees delivering more than 22 million units worldwide. Buehler Motor's Product Implementation Process (PIP) ensures superior manufacturing processes and the highest quality product for all standard line and customized drive solutions.

As part of the worldwide Buehler Motor family, Buehler Motor, Inc. (BMI), based in Morrisville, N.C., offers its North American customers a combination of German engineering, research and development, manufacturing, and local sales and customer support - plus the competitive pricing advantages and on-time delivery that come from a global production footprint spanning three continents.

For more information about Buehler Motor and products, please call (919) 380-3329 or visit www.buehlermotor.com.

About CODA Automotive

Headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., CODA is working to reduce dependence on oil and leading the way to a cleaner future by building 100% electric cars and transportation battery systems. CODA is working in a smart, inter-dependent way with a number of leading global technology and manufacturing companies to quickly and efficiently bring electric drive technology to market and jump start the electric car movement. Through its exclusive transportation and electric utility storage battery joint venture with Lishen Power Battery, CODA is also a leading designer and large-scale manufacturer of power battery systems. The American engineered, globally built CODA electric car will be on the roads in California in late 2010.

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