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Old 10-21-2008, 08:34 AM   #21
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Hi Ryan,
Here's a long shot.
With all the relevant vehicle and transmission serial, and part numbers, in hand, try contacting the following company, and let them know that you have a vehicle that was produced by the now shuttered Tianjin Automotive Industrial Co., Ltd..
Tianjin Automotive is the company that put that transmission (Daihatsu or not?) in the Happy Messenger (Daihatsu Move) vehicle.
You can expect to pay a premium for those parts if they are still available.

Tianjin Tianqi Group Meiya Auto Manufacture Co., Ltd.
Address: Dashaozhikou, Zhongbei Town, Xiqing, Tianjin, P.R. China
Zip Code: 300112
Telephone: +86-22-27538480
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:34 PM   #22
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Live pictures of Miles ZX40S being tested.


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Do not think that this is in a foreign country, now this door and rear says "all-electric, zero emissions" is the slogan of the car's current filming the third test is a testing ground for products. The pure electric-powered vehicles by Tianjin Qingyuan Electric Vehicle R & D building, is still in the testing stage.

As a result of pure electric vehicles belonging to new energy vehicles, in the National Development and Reform Commission "car directory Notice" is not in this category, so the public security organs can not give it on the license, in our country can not be a journey.

However, Qingyuan companies firmly believe that the relevant person in charge 1-2 years, will address this problem, the success of the road! At present, this car has been successfully exported to the United States, at the same time Qingyuan company R & D and manufacturing of pure power-driven CMB and trucks are also exported overseas markets.

The pure electric vehicle in the left side of the back door charging jack, charging plug one end of the power cord to connect to the car jack, the other end to connect to the 220-volt power outlet port, you can charge. In accordance with the design, ordinary car at full power under a state of traveling 200 kilometers, the city suitable for office workers to work during the day and at night, charging, within seven hours to complete storage. Car batteries for electric vehicles in accordance with the R & D direction, the future may be short-time charge of fast charging system will be developed using, 5-10 minutes to add the power increase will allow car driving distance, the realization of long-distance running.

Not only have the means of transport function, this Qingyuan pure electric vehicles with the same air-conditioning and sound system, and ordinary cars there is no difference. More and more scarce in the energy today, rising oil prices is an irreversible trend, pure electric-powered car, sooner or later, will usher in the spring.
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Old 03-14-2009, 07:45 PM   #23
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Hi...

did you figure it out how to unlock the transmission on the Miles ZX40?

let me know

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Old 06-04-2009, 12:12 AM   #24
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Miles EV launches Coda Automotive.

Today, Miles EV announced that the full speed electric car that it has been developing for the last several years will bear the new Coda Automotive brand name. The Coda sedan will be assembled in China by Hafei under the direction of staff from Coda. The new car is based on an existing Hafei chassis that has been heavily re-engineered by Porsche Engineering. The car is powered by a UQM electric motor driving the front wheels with energy storage via a lithium iron phosphate battery pack.

The 34 kWh pack will use cells provided by Chinese battery maker Lishen. The two companies are apparently forming a joint venture for battery manufacturing and hope to eventually produce batteries in the United States. Coda and an unnamed partner have also applied for a DOE loan under the ATVM program to build battery packs in the U.S.

Coda expects real world range to be about 90-120 miles, depending on driving conditions. According to the company, the EV sedan will go on sale in 2010 with factory direct sales at a price of $45,000 before incentives. Following a 200-fleet test in the summer of that year, Coda will be offered to the public starting in the Fall.

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Coda Automotive Unveils Mainstream All-Electric Sedan

Announces Global JV with Lishen to Develop Automotive Grade Battery Systems

Santa Monica, CA June 3, 2009 Coda Automotive, formed and developed under the stewardship of entrepreneur Miles Rubin (known for his marketing and sales of low-speed, electric fleet vehicles under the Miles Electric Vehicles brand), today announced that it will be introducing an affordable, full performance all-electric sedan to the mainstream California market in 2010. Additionally, the company, which has an existing long-term sourcing contract with Tianjin Lishen Battery Joint-Stock Co., Ltd., (Lishen) for lithium-ion batteries used in the Coda, announced the establishment of a global joint venture with Lishen to design, manufacture and sell transportation and utility power storage battery systems.

As a new automotive company, Coda Automotive's focus will be on branding, designing and manufacturing fully safety compliant, all-electric cars capable of mainstream performance and highway use. Scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2010 in California, the four-door, five-passenger, fully-equipped mid-size Coda sedan will be available for $45,000 (mid-$30,000s after including a $7,500 Federal tax credit and additional state incentives). Powered by a 333V lithium-ion battery with a real-world range of 90 to 120 miles depending on individual driving habits, the Coda sedan travels far enough between charges to satisfy 94% of daily driving routines. The onboard charger plugs into any 110 or 220V standard outlet and completes a full charge in less than six hours at a 220V service. Charging the battery for a 40-mile commute can be completed in two hours.

"The Coda sedan is an all-electric vehicle for everyone," said Kevin Czinger, President and CEO, Coda Automotive. "It's a practical revolution for real drivers who need reliable transportation."
The battery system is the chief enabling technology for electric cars and Coda has established its strategic position in the development and commercialization of automotive grade battery systems through the joint venture with Lishen. Lishen is one of the world's largest manufacturers of lithium-ion cells and a key supplier to Apple, Motorola, Samsung and Vodafone, among others. The joint venture's manufacturing facility is located within Lishen's existing manufacturing complex in Tianjin, China, thus accelerating the company's ability to commercialize the battery system and bring an all-electric car to the mass market. Plans have been made to establish capacity in the U.S. in partnership with a U.S. battery company.

"The uncertainty of battery supply is an issue that plagues many electric vehicle manufacturers today," explains Czinger. "This long-term agreement has enabled us to design an integrated battery system with an existing world-class partner with mass manufacturing capacity. That enables us to rapidly industrialize Coda's power system for commercial volume production and to scale the business. Eventually, we expect to manufacture batteries in the U.S."

Coda's internal team, along with specialized U.S. and European engineering partners, oversee the manufacturing process to ensure that Coda vehicles are built to Western safety specifications and market expectations. This includes vehicle body design, safety engineering, the design and engineering of the battery pack, battery management system and power electronics, and additional engineering to integrate an electric vehicle drivetrain (comprised primarily of Tier 1 U.S.-based supplier components) into the chassis. The Coda sedan is engineered to be FMVSS complaint, and based on existing crash test results the company expects a four or five-Star NCAP crash rating.

Coda Automotive employs a creative, open and flexible variable cost/low capital expenditure business model. The company has a core team of engineers who work with a network of top-tier partners that provide engineering services and components. The company controls brand, design and IP while teaming with established large-scale manufacturers and assemblers to avoid the most capital intensive aspect of the car business. Coda's manufacturing partner, Hafei, is an established state-owned Chinese manufacturer of automobiles and airplanes and has delivered more than one-million vehicles and currently produces two-hundred thousand vehicles per year.
Featuring a fraction of the moving parts of a gas-powered vehicle, the Coda sedan is less susceptible to wear-and-tear and never requires an oil change. The company estimates that it will cost less than $3, on average, to drive 100 miles. A comparable gas-powered sedan that gets 20 mpg costs about $17 per 100 miles. Driving a Coda equates to over $2,000 in operation and maintenance savings per year at normal driving rates that's $20,000 in savings over a ten year period.

The Coda sedan is fully-equipped for comfort, convenience and safety. Factory-standard equipment includes a telematics package, navigation with turn-by-turn directions, a "green screen" that monitors driving efficiency, roadside assistance with an emergency button, a Bluetooth system with an embedded microphone, AM/FM/XM radio with Sirius satellite capability, iPod dock, MP3/USB connectivity, security system, aluminum wheels, and power windows, doors and mirrors. Safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes with electronic stability control and advanced airbags with an occupant detection system. The vehicle is backed by a three-year/36,000 mile warranty.
Coda Automotive employs a direct distribution model, and will sell the vehicle only in the state of California initially. Coda will also perform the vehicle's maintenance and service through an outsourced network comprised of brand name car service partners. Customers interested in purchasing a CODA can register their interest on the new CODA website at HYPERLINK "http://www.codaautomotive.com" www.codaautomotive.com. The company will contact interested customers on a first come, first served basis later this year.

For more information, please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.codaautomotive.com" www.codaautomotive.com.
About Coda Automotive: Headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., Coda Automotive is a manufacturer and distributor of all-electric, highway capable vehicles. Launched in June 2009, the company brands, designs, markets and distributes electric vehicles utilizing a manufacturing partnership strategy which allows Coda Automotive to develop vehicles rapidly in a flexible manner avoiding the traditionally capital-intensive nature of the automobile business. Coda Automotive's first vehicle, the Coda sedan, will be delivered in the fall of 2010.
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:52 AM   #25
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.....has been heavily re-engineered by Porsche Engineering. .......
What has Porsche done to this old Mitsubishi-engineered Saibao III sedan? And from when did Porsche acquire experience in the area of plug-in EVs.




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Old 06-07-2009, 07:13 PM   #26
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NEW YORK Miles Automotive has begun distributing a small, battery-powered Chinese hatchback to a few U.S. dealerships in one of the first salvos from this emerging market.

The Miles ZX40, priced from just under $15,000, is modest enough. The car has a top speed of only 25 mph and a range of 40 miles. But the distributor promises bigger and better things coming in 2007, including a new model the XS200 that will have a range of 200 miles, a top speed of 80 mph and a price tag of around $28,500.

The ZX40 started out life years ago as a Japanese minicompact, the Daihatsu Move. It migrated to China, where it is assembled in Tianjin by a subsidiary of auto giant FAW and rebadged as the Xinfu, or Happy Messenger. The electric version is manufactured by another Tianjin-based company, Qingyuan.

Miles Automotive describes the vehicle as "street legal," but the Chinese manufacturer says the target customers are townships, military bases, ports and research institutions.

What this means to you: The ZX40 is not to be confused with ZX Auto, another would-be U.S. distributor of Chinese vehicles made by Zhongxing.
This is a good news for the middle class people. How much they have kept price for it?
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Old 06-19-2009, 07:00 AM   #27
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:10 PM   #28
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First review of Coda.

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August 17, 2009 - Coda Review

On Saturday, Kevin Czinger, CEO of Coda, the new American car company that split off from Miles Automotive, brought the prototype of their new highway capable EV to our Electric Vehicle Assoc. meeting in Diamond Bar, CA. I have been following this car for over three years since hearing about it in the spring of 2006. Back then, I was told it would be available in a couple of years, but as these things go, it's still a year from delivery. Kevin assured us delivery would begin in August of 2010, putting this one ahead of both Nissan's Leaf and the Chevy Volt. He said they plan on selling about 2,000 units the first year thinking that will break into 40% fleet sales and 60% private. In year two, they will be prepared to make up to 20,000 cars.

The Coda's styling isn't going to turn heads on the highway, but since I often get asked why EVs have to look "so weird", I expect the vanilla styling will suit quite a few folks just fine. It's along the lines of a Toyota Corolla in size and looks. The fit and finish was better than I expected since it is coming off an assembly line in China. It appears the Chinese are improving quickly in this regard. Ultimately, they want to manufacture and assemble the Coda in California.

The range is a solid 100 miles based on the US06 driving cycle, a much more realistic test than the old EPA ratings used. The capacity of the 700 lb. Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePo) battery pack is 33.7 kWh which compares well to my RAV's 27 kWh. The batteries provide 333 volts and have been tested to over 1500 cycles which should be plenty for the 8 year, 100,000 mile warranty. One pertinent piece of info was his assertion that they are buying battery cells at "under $600 kWh". This is considerably less than most quotes I've seen and very close to the $500/kWh level at which I believe is the break even point with internal combustion at today's gas prices.

The weight is a bit on the high side at 3500 lbs. Kevin says they expect to drop that by several hundred pounds by the second generation. Porche engineering helped design part of the exterior and the interior, although the prototype didn't display all of the interior changes the final model will have.

After our meeting, Kevin graciously allowed 3-4 of us to pile in the car for a test ride over and over until about 30 of us had taken a turn. I didn't get to drive it myself, but he wasn't afraid to put the car through it paces for us. Even with four full sized adults, the car performed very well. Acceleration off the line was decent and at about 40 mph going up a hill, the car was still able to accelerate strongly. 0-60 is just under 10 seconds and top speed is 85 mph.

They do have a slight regenerative braking built in when you let off the pedal, but it's weak compared to the RAV and very weak compared to the Mini E or Tesla. I don't know if this is because they are using the UQM DC brushless motor/controller, or if there is another reason, but those who drive EVs love regen braking, so maybe they'll strengthen it later. All EVs should incorporate AC Propulsion's regen with a steering wheel control to allow freewheeling. The combination of the two will allow for the most efficient driving possible.

Charging will be at 6.6 kW, the same as our RAV and fast enough for most needs. High speed charging will be possible once the 50 kW chargers are deployed along the freeways.

Price? Good question. Earlier reports pegged it at $45,000, but Kevin hinted the car would sell for closer to $32,000 after tax credits, but when I tried to pin him down on an exact price, he hedged a bit. This is how all the car companies act when talking price. I understand and don't blame them since a year is a long time, and between component costs and competitive vehicles entering the market about the same time, I expect most will wait until about a month from actual delivery to lock down the price.


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Old 08-19-2009, 03:36 PM   #29
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Great find Martin.

Very revealing is the part about Coda separating from Miles Automotive, importer of the Happy Messenger to the U.S.. The article also explains why the Coda discussion these days speaks of Lishen Battery Co. but not of Tianjin Qingyuan, the company that converts the FAW Jiaxing into an electric Happy Messenger.

So all the Hafei body shells will apparently be built with the UQM powertrains right at the the Harbin factory, and not in Tianjin.

I was not surprised to hear that Mr. Scott found Hafei's fit and finish acceptable by global standards.



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Old 08-26-2009, 07:59 PM   #30
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I think the title of this thread alone, "Hafei's products in the U.S. thanks to Miles Automotive", is really a bit of an oxymoron. Miles Automotive is about as prolific an automaker as Dadi/Meiya/Any-other-toyota-hilux-clone-manufacturer. Nobody in America, outside of the real geeks of chinese cars or the EV people, have ever heard of either one of these companies and there cars are always going for piss poor prices on eBay in comparison to one of those ridiculous Zapp cars.

I hope Coda can do whats nessecary to make Hafei products an actual serious product in the USA (this might actually mean calling them Hafei, as specialized brand names never really work as was the case with Sterling, Yugo, Geo, and a whole mess of others). But Miles [didnt really] tried and failed, and I dont see a whole lot going on here.
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